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a Wiew of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain
FOR NEAR HALF A CENTURY DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.
BY JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.
WITH COPIOUS NOTES AND BIOGRAPHICAL ILLUSTRATIONS,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR; THOMAS TEGG;
W. SHARPE AND SON; G. WALKER; R. DOBSON;
AND R. GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.
This year the Reverend Dr. Franklin having published a translation of “ Lucian,” inscribed to him the Demonax thus:
“ To Dr. SAMUEL JOHNSON, the Demonax of the present age, this piece is inscribed by a sincere admirer of his respectable talents,
“ THE TRANSLATOR."
Though upon a particular comparison of Demonax and Johnson, there does not seem to be a great deal of similarity between them, this Dedication is a just compliment from the general character given by Lucian of the ancient Sage,
αριστον ων οιδα εγω φιλοσοφων γενομενον, the best philosopher whom I have ever seen or known.”
In 1781, Johnson at last completed his “Lives of the Poets,” of which he gives this account:
Some time in March I finished the · Lives of the Poets, which I wrote in my usual way, dilatorily and hastily, unwilling to work, and working with vigour and haste!. In a memorandum previous to this, he says of them: “Written, I