Plan for the Improvement of the English Language

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"Johnson was in high spirits this evening at the club, and talked with great animation and success. He attacked Swift, as he used to do upon all occasions. ""The "Tale of a Tub" is so much superiour to his other writings that one can hardly believe he was the authour of it. There is in it such a vigour of mind, such a swarm of thoughts, so much of nature, and art, and life."" I wondered to hear him say of ""Gulliver"s Travels"", ""When once you have thought of big men and little men, it is very easy to do all the rest."" I endeavoured to make a stand for Swift, and tried to rouse those who were much more able to defend him; but in vain. Johnson at last, of his own accord, allowed very great merit to the inventory of articles found in the pocket of [italics] The Man Mountain [end italics], particularly the description of his watch, which, it was conjectured, was his God, as he consulted it upon all occasions. He observed, that ""Swift put his name to but two things (after he had a name to put), "The Plan of the Improvement of the English Language," and the last "Drapier"s Letter"."""

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Originally published 1791

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Life of Johnson
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Plan for the Improvement of the English Language

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"Johnson was in high spirits this evening at the club, and talked with great animation and success. He attacked Swift, as he used to do upon all occasions. ""The "Tale of a Tub" is so much superiour to his other writings that one can hardly believe he was the authour of it. There is in it such a vigour of mind, such a swarm of thoughts, so much of nature, and art, and life."" I wondered to hear him say of ""Gulliver"s Travels"", ""When once you have thought of big men and little men, it is very easy to do all the rest."" I endeavoured to make a stand for Swift, and tried to rouse those who were much more able to defend him; but in vain. Johnson at last, of his own accord, allowed very great merit to the inventory of articles found in the pocket of [italics] The Man Mountain [end italics], particularly the description of his watch, which, it was conjectured, was his God, as he consulted it upon all occasions. He observed, that ""Swift put his name to but two things (after he had a name to put), "The Plan of the Improvement of the English Language," and the last "Drapier"s Letter"."""

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Life of Johnson

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Originally published 1791

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Life of Johnson
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/78854
Accessed on 2019/09/22 18:01:25

Related place
England
Related people
Johnson, Samuel
Related text or manuscript
Life of Johnson
Related place
England
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