Lead: 2009 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest figures of 18th century English life and letters. His contemporaries knew him simply as "Dr. Johnson."

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Samuel Johnson, poet, biographer, lexicographer, critic and essayist, stands astride 18th century English scholarship and criticism. Yet, Johnson's prominence owes as much to another's writings as it does to his own accomplishments. In 1763 young James Boswell met and fell intellectually in love with Johnson. Over the years after their meeting, Boswell meticulously recorded conversations and details about his friend and memorialized them in one of the most influential books of the century, the landmark biography, Life of Johnson.