Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Johnson had a cat, whom he described as 'a very fine cat indeed' and for whom he bought oysters. What was the cat's name?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
Hodge. As a cat-lover myself, I find Johnson's fondness for Hodge one of his most endearing traits. I wish Boswell had told us more about Hodge, and I'm grateful to Polygon for pointing out that there's more information about him at http://www.moggies.co.uk/stories/finecat.html
|In 1777, Johnson played a leading part in an unsuccessful campaign to secure a reprieve for William Dodd, a clergyman who had been sentenced to death. What was Dodd's crime?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
Forgery. Dodd was a popular preacher and had been tutor to the fifth Earl of Chesterfield, the son of Johnson's patron. He ran into debt and forged Chesterfield's signature to a bond. The death sentence was not commuted, and on June 27, 1777 he was carted from Newgate Prison to Tyburn and publicly hanged.
|In January 1759 Johnson produced 'Rasselas', and asked for an advance of thirty pounds from his publisher. For what was this money needed?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
His mother's funeral. Sarah Johnson died in Lichfield at the age of ninety. Although Johnson had never showed any strong emotions towards his mother, he was devastated by her death.
The Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl took little interest in the project after it was launched, but commended it heartily when it was completed. Johnson's letter to Chesterfield, declining his lordship's belated support, is one of the greatest put-downs in the language.
|One of Johnson's first literary works was the satirical poem entitled 'London'. It is based on a satire about Rome by which Roman poet?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
Juvenal. Like Juvenal's Rome, Johnson's London is depicted as a city of squalor, violent crime, immorality, foreign influence and political corruption in which a decent man can't hope to make a living. But in time Johnson came to believe that 'when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life'.
|After an unsuccessful spell as a schoolmaster, Johnson left Lichfield for London. He was accompanied by a former pupil, who made a name for himself in the theatre. Who was this companion?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
David Garrick. In later life Johnson and Garrick liked to recount the tale of their journey, but probably exaggerated their hardships. Johnson's reported statement that they arrived in London with fourpence between them is almost certainly false.
|Johnson's college days were cut short by poverty, and he left without taking a degree. Which university did he attend?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
Oxford. Johnson spent four terms at Pembroke College, Oxford before returning to Lichfield. By all accounts he was not an easy student to teach.
|As a 2-year-old child Johnson was brought to London to be touched by the monarch, in the hope that the touch would cure him of scrofula. Who was the monarch?||The Life Of Samuel Johnson
Queen Anne. Scrofula was known as the 'King's Evil'. The belief that it could be cured by the royal touch goes back at least as far as the reign of Edward the Confessor. Anne was the last sovereign to 'touch for the evil'. In Johnson's case, the cure didn't work.
Lichfield. Johnson seems to have retained an affection for his home town. There are at least two references to it in his Dictionary.