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    My personal blog is here. For more about me regarding this site, read on.

    My name is Frank Lynch. I'm just an amateur scholar; I didn't major in English, and I never taught it.

    But I have an interest in Johnson because so much of what he said and wrote is just plain sensible; I started this website as a way of "giving back" -- in the hopes of offering easy access for those who might only have slight interest in Johnson or what he said. Books about Johnson look 'big', and are perhaps intimidating to some. Naturally, I hope that your visit here will lead to a deeper interest in Johnson.

    I've more or less set this site up to be complementary to Jack Lynch's Samuel Johnson website. At Jack's site you'll find some complete texts, a thorough discussion of the available editions, and a better biography.

    Some other people have asked how I find the time for this massive undertaking. One quote from Johnson seems particularly applicable here:

    "All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the single stroke of the pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and the last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are leveled and oceans bounded by the slender force of human beings."
    Johnson: Rambler #43 (August 14, 1750)

    You probably haven't seen much of the site on your visit here, so I hope you'll bookmark a page from the site and come back.

    One other FAQ: Jack Lynch and I are not related. And while you're intrigued by the coincidence of our having the same last name, add this one: Hester Piozzi's middle name was Lynch. (Prior editions of this page which said her maiden name was Lynch were incorrect.)

    Thanks for visiting!

    1989 picture of me next to a statue of Johnson outside St. Clement Danes Church in London, near Johnson's home in Gough Square. The statues is by Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald.

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