Samuel Johnson

A Survey and Bibliography of Critical Studies


James L. Clifford and Donald J. Greene

For anyone interested in the work of Samuel Johnson and his place in eighteenth-century studies, this bibliography will be of great value, for it includes virtually everything of importance that has been written about Johnson from his own lifetime to the present. In addition, Professors Clifford and Greene, in an introductory essay, survey and evaluate the changing attitudes toward Johnson through the entire period covered in the bibliography.

This volume is a revision and enlargement of Professor Clifford’s earlier work Johnsonian Studies, 1887-1950: A Survey and Bibliography, long recognized as an indispensable tool for the study of Samuel Johnson, his circle, and his times, and now out of print. The present volume contains nearly 4,000 bibliographical entries, grouped under 25 subject headings and arranged chronologically within each classification. This arrangement enables the student to trace the development of the scholarship of the various aspects of Johnson’s life and work. A detailed author and subject index to the whole volume makes it easy for him to find the description of the particular book or article for which he is searching.

James L. Clifford was W. P. Trent professor of English at Columbia University. Among his other books are Young Sam Johnson, Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale), and Dr. Campbell’s Diary.

Donald J. Greene was Leo S. Bing professor of English at the University of Southern California. He was the author or editor of a number of books, including The Politics of Samuel Johnson and The Age of Exuberance: Backgrounds to Eighteenth-Century English Literature.

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