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The ever witty Samuel Johnson was an essayist and literary historian who was a prominent figure in 18th century England.
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Born on September 18, 1709, in Staffordshire, England, Samuel Johnson came from modest means to become one of the greatest literary figures of his day. He was known for his essay collections, biographies and a comprehensive dictionary as well as the fable adaptation The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. Revered for his enduring witticisms, Johnson died on December 13, 1784.
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