1790 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Horace Walpole, in Memoirs of the First Ten Years of George III, 1790 ca.; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 3:726.



With a lumber of learning and some strong parts, Johnson was an odious and mean character. By principle a Jacobite, arrogant, self-sufficient, and overbearing by nature, ungrateful through pride, and of genuine bigotry.... His manners were sordid, supercilious and brutal; his style ridiculously bombastic and vicious: and, in one word, with all the pedantry he had all the gigantic littleness of a country schoolmaster.