So, I was in the room where it happened. I was over 250 years late, but yes, I walked up the same staircase that Dr. Johnson did every day.
Dr. Who? Of course! Dr. Samuel Johnson, the man who wrote an entire dictionary by himself. He worked from home, and naturally, I envy the entire floor (called a garret, I learned) he had to do it!
Dr. Johnson’s house is a fun look into the upper-class life of eighteenth-century London. He had neat, movable walls on the first floor so he could rearrange the space as needed. His odd-shaped chair from his favorite pub is there. His front door was practically a fortified castle gate, but that wasn’t good enough, apparently. How many locks does a man need?
Also, I checked out his bookshelves (the bigger, the better, obviously), and found Dr. Burney’s Memoirs there! I can’t believe how small the world is…
Thanks for joining me on my week-long tour around London!
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