"we were talking about Johnson's Lives of the Poets"

‘Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets’ was a collection of brief biographies of 18th Century poets penned by Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

A total of 52 poets feature in the collection, including John Milton, John Dryden, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift.

Samuel Johnson wrote the famous ‘Dictionary of the English Language’, one of his best known works, and also put his hand to essays, poems, biographies and criticism.