Life of Samuel Johnson

Life of Samuel Johnson

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Life of Samuel Johnson

Life of Samuel Johnson

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At the age of nineteen Samuel Johnson entered at Pembroke College on the 31st of October, 1728. An account of his first evening at the University was given by Dr. Adams, who was present on the occasion. His father accompanied him, and they were introduced to Mr. Jorden, who was appointed to be the lad's tutor. The new undergraduate's uncouth appearance caused some surprise, but he was modest and respectful, and for a time took no part in the conversation. At length, however, he could keep silence no longer, and joined in with a quotation from Macrobius, an author who was probably little known, except by name, to any other of the party. Those who wish to know something of life at Oxford in the early part of the last century should read the opening chapter in Dr. G. Birkbeck Hill's carefully written work, Johnson, his Friends and his Critics, from which the present writer has derived much valuable information.

The University at that time offered few of the advantages which its members now enjoy. There were no inducements for the undergraduates to read, and, if they wished to do so, it was only in a few colleges that the tutors' lectures were worth attending. A degree was conferred . . .

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