British poet, author, and critic whose works include The Dark Angel and Ireland and Other Poems. He was a member of the Rhymers' Club, a late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century group of London poets.
He studied at New College, Oxford and at Winchester College.
He converted to Catholicism in 1891.
He lived a lonely life in London and struggled with alcoholism. His troubles may have stemmed from his repression of his homosexuality.
Johnson's critical sonnet, "The Destroyer of a Soul," was directed at his (former) friend Oscar Wilde, with whom he had had a falling out.