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Doctor Johnson

HIS LIFE

WORKS & TABLE

TALK

Centenary Edition

London
T. FISHER UNWIN

26, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

MDCCCLXXXIV.

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EVENTY years ago Lord Byron, speaking of Johnson's “Lives of the Poets," which he described as

" the finest critical work extant,” said, “The opinion of that truly great man, whom it is the present fashion to decry, will ever be received by me with that deference which time will restore to him from all.” If there was a temporary eclipse of the fame and popularity of Johnson it has long since passed away.

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