‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands

In 1773, one of England’s most celebrated literary figures, a then 64-year-old Samuel Johnson, walked from London to Glasgow. It’s testament to just how much Johnson accomplished in his career – completing what is widely considered the first modern dictionary, the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, as well as his biographies of England’s greatest … Continue reading ‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands