He moved to Birmingham during childhood and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. At Oxford his precocity as a poet was immediately apparent, and he formed lifelong friendships with two fellow writers, Stephen Spender and Christopher Isherwood.
His mother was 40 when she gave birth to Johnson. This was considered an unusually late pregnancy, so precautions were taken, and a "man-midwife" and surgeon of "great reputation" named George Hector was brought in to assist.
His aunt exclaimed that "she would not have picked such a poor creature up in the street". Some time later he contracted scrofula known at the time as the "King's Evil" because it was thought royalty could cure it.
However, the ritual proved ineffective, and an operation was performed that left him with permanent scars across his face and body. Johnson one morning put the common prayer-book into his hands, pointed to the collect for the day, and said, 'Sam, you must get this by heart.
But by the time she had reached the second floor, she heard him following her. The family remained in poverty until his mother's cousin, Elizabeth Harriotts, died in February and left enough money to send Johnson to university.
In later life he told stories of his idleness. Although the poem brought him praise, it did not bring the material benefit he had hoped for. Johnson spent the rest of his time studying, even during the Christmas holiday.
He drafted a "plan of study" called "Adversaria", which he left unfinished, and used his time to learn French while working on his Greek. Johnson enjoyed Adams' tutoring, but by December, Johnson was already a quarter behind in his student fees, and was forced to return home.
He left behind many books that he had borrowed from his father because he could not afford to transport them, and also because he hoped to return to Oxford. Just before the publication of his Dictionary inthe University of Oxford awarded Johnson the degree of Master of Arts.
During that visit he recalled his time at the college and his early career, and expressed his later fondness for Jorden. It is likely that he lived with his parents. He experienced bouts of mental anguish and physical pain during years of illness;  his tics and gesticulations associated with Tourette syndrome became more noticeable and were often commented upon.
Johnson hoped to get an usher's position, which became available at Stourbridge Grammar School, but since he did not have a degree, his application was passed over on 6 September After an argument with Dixie he left the school, and by June he had returned home.
After being turned down for a job at Ashbournehe spent time with his friend Edmund Hector, who was living in the home of the publisher Thomas Warren. At the time, Warren was starting his Birmingham Journaland he enlisted Johnson's help. Johnson's A Voyage to Abyssinia was published a year later.
The Reverend William Shaw claims that "the first advances probably proceeded from her, as her attachment to Johnson was in opposition to the advice and desire of all her relations,"  Johnson was inexperienced in such relationships, but the well-to-do widow encouraged him and promised to provide for him with her substantial savings.
Elizabeth's marriage to Johnson so disgusted her son Jervis that he severed all relations with her. He had only three pupils: Lawrence Offley, George Garrick, and the year-old David Garrickwho later became one of the most famous actors of his day. Instead of trying to keep the failing school going, Johnson began to write his first major work, the historical tragedy Irene.
This may have led Johnson to "the invisible occupation of authorship".
He was penniless and pessimistic about their travel, but fortunately for them, Garrick had connections in London, and the two were able to stay with his distant relative, Richard Norris. Title page of London second edition In May his first major work, the poem Londonwas published anonymously.Plutarch's How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend.
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