Julia Allen read English at Bristol University and has worked as a teacher, librarian, translator, lexicographer and copy-editor. She wrote Samuel Johnson’s Menagerie (2002) and published “Beyond ‘the civilities of Cambridge’: the afterlife of the ‘young Cantabs’ who hosted Johnson’s visit of 1765” in the 2010 centenary edition of Transaction of the Johnson Society of Lichfield. In 2009 she curated the Cambridge University Library exhibition jointly commemorating the University’s 800th anniversary and the 300th anniversary of Johnson’s birth. She lived in France for eighteen years and now lives in Cambridge.
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