Friday 1 August 2008


Richard Savage died on this day in 1743, immortalising himself less by his works than by becoming the subject of one of the greatest and most heartfelt short biographies in English literature, Samuel Johnson's Life.

'Those are no proper judges of his conduct who have slumbered away their time on the down of plenty, nor will any wise man presume to say, "Had I been in Savage's condition, I should have lived or written better than Savage."'

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