A Biographical Sketch of Dr Samuel Johnson was written by Thomas Tyers for The Gentleman's Magazine's December 1784 issue. The work was written immediately after the death of Samuel Johnson and is the first postmortem biographical work on the author. The first full length biography was written by John Hawkins and titled Life of Samuel Johnson.
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... A Biographical Sketch of Dr Samuel Johnson was written by Thomas Tyers for the December 1784 edition of the The Gentleman's Magazine ... It was the first postmortem biography of Johnson ...
... James Boswell, in his Life of Samuel Johnson, wrote " abounded in anecdote, but was no sufficiently attentive to accuracy ... I therefore cannot venture to avail myself much of a biographical sketch of Johnson which he published, being one among the various persons ambitious of appending their names to that of my illustrious friend ... That sketch is, however, an entertaining little collection of fragments." ...
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