NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY | MAY 16
Each 16th of May National Biographer’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the first meeting of Samuel Johnson, an English writer, and his biographer James Boswell in London, England on May 16, 1763. Dr. Johnson was a famous playwright, poet, moralist, essayist, literary critic, editor, and lexicographer.
Johnson was also a biographer.
According to Johnson, the best biographers were those who ate, drank, and “lived in social intercourse” with those about whom they wrote. If that were true, his best biography would be An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers which was published in 1744.
Applying this same rule, Scots-born James Boswell met his friend Samuel Johnson at a bookshop near Covent Garden. Nearly 30 years later he publishes The Life of Johnson, which becomes the most celebrated English biography.
HOW TO OBSERVE National Biographer’s Day
On National Biographer’s Day, read the biography of someone who influenced your life. Was it a poet, engineer, business person, author, or politician? Have you read an interesting biography? Maybe you’re a biographer. Who is your current subject? Share the title and the name of the biographer using #NationalBiographersDay to post on social media.
Are looking for a few biographers who might pique your interest? Read 5 Biographers & Their Best Works to get a taste of some of the best biographies out there.
NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this story-telling holiday.