The Huntington Library Celebrates Samuel Johnson ~ "Literary Giant of the 18th Century”


artwork: The Huntington Art Gallery's library, facing west. The renovated Beaux-Arts mansion reopens May 28.

SAN MARINO, CA.- Literary giant Samuel Johnson
(1709–1784), author of the first English dictionary, will be celebrated in a new
exhibition opening this spring at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
Botanical Gardens, marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. Johnson is one of
the most significant and influential men of letters in English.

Legendary as a writer, moralist, and conversationalist during his lifetime,
Johnson first achieved fame with the publication of his Dictionary of the
English Language in 1755. “Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century,”
on view from May 23 to Sept. 21, showcases Johnson’s craft as a writer through a
display of more than 70 items, including a copy of the first edition of the
Dictionary in its original binding, a portion of one of Johnson’s diaries,
personal letters, and other works seldom seen by the public.