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Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Lyttelton Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Lyttelton

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Lyttelton
George Lyttelton, the son of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, of Hagley, in Worcestershire, was born in 1709. He was educated at Eton he was so much distinguished that his exercises were recommended as models to his schoolfellows. From Eton he went to Christchurch he retained the same reputation of superiority, and displayed his abilities to the public in a poem on "Blenheim." He was a very early writer both in verse and prose. His "Progress of Love" and his "Persian Letters" were both written when he was very young, and, indeed, the character of a young... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 2368

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gray Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gray

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gray
Thomas Gray, the son of Mr. Philip Gray, a scrivener of London, was born in Cornhill, November 26, 1716. His grammatical education he received at Eton, under the care of Mr. Antrobus, his mother's brother, then assistant to Dr. George, and when he left school, in 1734, entered a pensioner at Peterhouse, in Cambridge. The transition from the school to the college is, to most young scholars, the time from which they date their years of manhood, liberty, and happiness; but Gray seems to have been very little delighted with academical gratifications; he liked at Cambridge neither the mode... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 2776

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Akenside Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Akenside

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Akenside
Mark Akenside was born on the 9th of November, 1721, at Newcastle- upon-Tyne. His father Mark was a butcher, of the Presbyterian sect; his mother's name was Mary Lumsden. He received the first part of his education at the grammar-school of Newcastle; and was afterwards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private academy. At the age of eighteen he was sent to Edinburgh that he might qualify himself for the office of a dissenting minister, and received some assistance from the fund which the dissenters employ in educating young men of scanty fortune. But a wider... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1215

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Mallet Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Mallet

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Mallet
Of David Mallet, having no written memorial, I am able to give no other account than such as is supplied by the unauthorised loquacity of common fame, and a very slight personal knowledge. He was by his original one of the Macgregors, a clan that became, about sixty years ago, under the conduct of Robin Roy, so formidable and so infamous for violence and robbery, that the name was annulled by a legal abolition; and when they were all to denominate themselves anew, the father, I suppose, of this author, called himself Malloch. David Malloch was, by the penury of... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 3558

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Young Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Young

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Young
The following life was written, at my request, by a gentleman (Mr. Herbert Croft) who had better information than I could easily have obtained; and the public will perhaps wish that I had solicited and obtained more such favours from him:-- "Dear Sir,--In consequence of our different conversations about authentic materials for the Life of Young, I send you the following details:"-- Of great men something must always be said to gratify curiosity. Of the illustrious author of the "Night Thoughts" much has been told of which there never could have been proofs, and little care appears to have been... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 2580

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Shenstone Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Shenstone

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Shenstone
William Shenstone, the son of Thomas Shenstone and Anne Pen, was born in November, 1714, at the Leasowes in Hales-Owen, one of those insulated districts which, in the division of the kingdom, was appended, for some reason not now discoverable, to a distant county; and which, though surrounded by Warwickshire and Worcestershire, belongs to Shropshire, though perhaps thirty miles distant from any other part of it. He learned to read of an old dame, whom his poem of the "Schoolmistress" has delivered to posterity; and soon received such delight from books, that he was always calling for fresh entertainment, and... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 3087

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Dyer Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Dyer

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Dyer
John Dyer, of whom I have no other account to give than his own letters, published with Hughes's correspondence, and the notes added by the editor, have afforded me, was born in 1700, the second son of Robert Dyer of Aberglasney, in Caermarthenshire, a solicitor of great capacity and note. He passed through Westminster school under the care of Dr. Freind, and was then called home to be instructed in his father's profession. But his father died soon, and he took no delight in the study of the law; but, having always amused himself with drawing, resolved to turn... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 3537

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - A. Philips Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - A. Philips

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - A. Philips
Of the birth or early part of the life of Ambrose Philips I have not been able to find any account. His academical education he received at St. John's College in Cambridge he first solicited the notice of the world by some English verses, in the collection published by the University on the death of Queen Mary. From this time how he was employed, or in what station he passed his life, is not yet discovered. He must have published his "Pastorals" before the year 1708, because they are evidently prior to those of Pope. He afterwards... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1804

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Watts Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Watts

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Watts
The poems of Dr. Watts were, by my recommendation, inserted in the late Collection, the readers of which are to impute to me whatever pleasure or weariness they may find in the perusal of Blackmore, Watts, Pomfret, and Yalden. Isaac Watts was born July 17, 1674, at Southampton his father, of the same name, kept a boarding-school for young gentlemen, though common report makes him a shoemaker. He appears, from the narrative of Dr. Gibbons, to have been neither indigent nor illiterate. Isaac, the eldest of nine children, was given to books from his infancy, and began, we are... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 2129

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Thomson Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Thomson

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Thomson
James Thomson, the son of a minister well esteemed for his piety and diligence, was born September 7, 1700, at Ednam, in the shire of Roxburgh, of which his father was pastor. His mother, whose name was Hume, inherited as co-heiress a portion of a small estate. The revenue of a parish in Scotland is seldom large; and it was probably in commiseration of the difficulty with which Mr. Thomson supported his family, having nine children, that Mr. Riccarton, a neighbouring minister, discovering in James uncommon promises of future excellence, undertook to superintend his education, and provide him books.... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1007

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Somervile Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Somervile

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Somervile
Of Mr. Somervile's life I am not able to say anything that can satisfy curiosity. He was a gentleman whose estate lay in Warwickshire; his house he was born in 1693, is called Edston, a seat inherited from a long line of ancestors; for he was said to be of the first family in his county. He tells of himself that he was born near the Avon's banks. He was bred at Winchester school, and was elected fellow of New College. It does not appear that in the places of his education he exhibited any uncommon... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 954

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Tickell Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Tickell

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Tickell
John Tickell, the son of the Rev. Richard Tickell, was born in 1686, at Bridekirk, in Cumberland, and in 1701 became a member of Queen's College in Oxford; in 1708 he was made Master of Arts, and two years afterwards was chosen Fellow, for which, as he did not comply with the statutes by taking orders, he obtained a dispensation from the Crown. He held his fellowship till 1726, and then vacated it by marrying, in that year, at Dublin. Tickell was not one of those scholars who wear away their lives in closets; he entered early into the world... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1372

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gay Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gay

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Gay
John Gay, descended from an old family that had been long in possession of the manor of Goldworthy, in Devonshire, was born in 1688, at or near Barnstaple he was educated by Mr. Luck, who taught the school of that town with good reputation, and, a little before he retired from it, published a volume of Latin and English verses. Under such a master he was likely to form a taste for poetry. Being born without prospect of hereditary riches, he was sent to London in his youth, and placed apprentice with a silk mercer. How long... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1633

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Rowe Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Rowe

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Rowe
Nicholas Rowe was born at Little Beckford, in Bedfordshire, in 1673. His family had long possessed a considerable estate, with a good house, at Lambertoun in Devonshire. The ancestor from whom he descended in a direct line received the arms borne by his descendants for his bravery in the Holy War. His father, John Rowe, who was the first that quitted his paternal acres to practise any part of profit, professed the law, and published Benlow's and Dallison's Reports in the reign of James the Second, when, in opposition to the notions then diligently propagated of dispensing power, he... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1963

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Garth Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Garth

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Garth
Samuel Garth was of a good family in Yorkshire, and from some school in his own county became a student at Peter House, in Cambridge he resided till he became Doctor of Physic on July the 7th, 1691. He was examined before the College at London on March the 12th, 1691-2, and admitted Fellow June 26th, 1693. He was soon so much distinguished by his conversation and accomplishments as to obtain very extensive practice; and, if a pamphlet of those times may be credited, had the favour and confidence of one party, as Radcliffe had of the other.... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 852

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - King Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - King

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - King
William King was born in London in 1663; the son of Ezekiel King, a gentleman. He was allied to the family of Clarendon. From Westminster School he was a scholar on the foundation under the care of Dr. Busby, he was at eighteen elected to Christ Church in 1681; where he is said to have prosecuted his studies with so much intenseness and activity, that before he was eight years' standing he had read over, and made remarks upon, twenty-two thousand odd hundred books and manuscripts. The books were certainly not very long, the manuscripts not very difficult,... Nonfictions - Post by : gfranklin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1135

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Introduction Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Introduction

Johnson's Lives Of Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, Mallet, Gray, Lyttelton,... - Introduction
This volume contains a record of twenty lives, of which only one-- that of Edward Young--is treated at length. It completes our edition of Johnson's Lives of the Poets, from which a few only of the briefest and least important have been omitted. The eldest of the Poets here discussed were Samuel Garth, Charles Montague (Lord Halifax), and William King, who were born within the years 1660-63. Next in age were Addison's friend Ambrose Philips, and Nicholas Rowe the dramatist, who was also the first editor of Shakespeare's plays after the four folios had appeared. Ambrose Philips and... Nonfictions - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 643

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Swift Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Swift

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Swift
An account of Dr. Swift has been already collected, with great diligence and acuteness, by Dr. Hawkesworth, according to a scheme which I laid before him in the intimacy of our friendship. I cannot therefore be expected to say much of a life, concerning which I had long since communicated my thoughts to a man capable of dignifying his narrations with so much elegance of language and force of sentiment. Jonathan Swift was, according to an account said to be written by himself, the son of Jonathan Swift, an attorney, and was born at Dublin on St. Andrew's day, 1667:... Nonfictions - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1968

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Savage Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Savage

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Savage
It has been observed in all ages that the advantages of nature or of fortune have contributed very little to the promotion of happiness: and that those whom the splendour of their rank, or the extent of their capacity, has placed upon the summit of human life, have not often given any just occasion to envy in those who look up to them from a lower station; whether it be that apparent superiority incites great designs, and great designs are naturally liable to fatal miscarriages; or that the general lot of mankind is misery, and the misfortunes of those whose eminence... Nonfictions - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 2320

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Addison Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Addison

Johnson's Lives Of The Poets - Volume 1 (addison, Savage, Swift) - Addison
Joseph Addison was born on the 1st of May, 1672, at Milston, of which his father, Lancelot Addison, was then rector, near Ambrosebury, in Wiltshire, and, appearing weak and unlikely to live, he was christened the same day. After the usual domestic education, which from the character of his father may be reasonably supposed to have given him strong impressions of piety, he was committed to the care of Mr. Naish at Ambrosebury, and afterwards of Mr. Taylor at Salisbury. Not to name the school or the masters of men illustrious for literature, is a kind of historical fraud, by... Nonfictions - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Johnson - Read : 1895