Vanity of Human Wishes

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A poem by Dr Johnson, published 1749, in imitation of the Tenth Satire of Juvenal. It owes its success to its moral seriousness and to its weighty but well‐illustrated generalizations. Johnson comments on the vanities of various ambitions and cites the examples of Wolsey, Clarendon, Laud, and others. This was the first work to which he put his name.

Subjects: Literature.

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Samuel Johnson (1709—1784) author and lexicographer

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