Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Celine Luppo McDaid on "Dr Johnson, his home and the great end of prudence."
‘To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution’-- Samuel Johnson, November 10th, 1750
17 Gough Square, London, is known today as Dr Johnson's House, and has been welcoming admirers of the great lexicographer for over 100 years. A charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic centre of the City of London, it was home to Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit - and great advocate of London - who lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century. It was from this garret that he compiled his great Dictionary of the English Language (1755) and many other celebrated works. Dr Johnson’s House today contains a well-stocked library of books and pamphlets relating to Dr Johnson, his work, his life and his contemporaries, including first editions of Johnson’s Dictionary and books that were owned by the great lexicographer and his close friends. A digital catalogue of our library is available online via our website: http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org/library.html
Celine Luppo McDaid, The Donald Hyde Curator of Dr Johnson’s House, will discuss highlights from the long and at times turbulent history of 17 Gough Square - the ‘home of the Dictionary’ - and share some of the treasures of its library, archives and recent acquisitions.