Readership: Scholars and students of eighteenth-century and Romantic literature; students of language,
lexicography, style, and biography.
Edited by Freya Johnston, University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in English Language and Literature, St Anne's College, Oxford, and Lynda Mugglestone, Professor of the History of English, University of Oxford
Freya Johnston is University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is the author of Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709-1791 (Oxford University Press, 2005) and of various articles and chapters in books on Johnson, Austen, and their contemporaries. She is general co-editor, with Matthew Bevis, of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Lynda Mugglestone is Professor of the History of English at Oxford University, and Fellow and Tutor in English at Pembroke College, Oxford. She has published widely on language (including the history and social and cultural roles of dictionaries), with a particular focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Recent work includes: Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (Oxford University Press, 2000); Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2005); 'Talking Proper': The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (Oxford University Press 2nd edn. 2003; revised paperback edn, 2007) and Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is editor of The Oxford History of English (Oxford
University Press, 2006, 2007).
"the chapters are without exception grounded in incisive close reading, which gives a diverse collection a kind of unity. They also make genuine contributions to Johnsonian studies, demonstrating extensive knowledge of both the primary texts and the relevant scholarship." - Jack Lynch, BARS Bulletin
"Treading upon the brink is not something these essayists can be accused of as they collectively acknowledge the complex humanity of Johnson; that strange, perplexing, yet always provoking alternation of insight and prejudice, precision and prolixity, timidity and courageous originality." - Kate Chisholm, Times Literary Supplement
"makes a significant contribution to our present engagement with one of the
supreme writers exercising the English language." - A. W. Lee, Choice
1: Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone: Introduction
2: Philip Smallwood: Johnson and Time
3: Robert DeMaria, Jr.: Johnson and Change
4: John Richetti: Johnson's Assertions and Concessions: Moral Irresolution and Rhetorical Performance
5: Philip Davis: Johnson: Sanity and Syntax
6: Adam Phillips: Johnson's Freud
7: John Mullan: Fault finding in Johnson's Lives of the Poets
8: Lawrence Lipking: Johnson and Genius
9: Freya Johnston: Johnson Personified
10: Jane Steen: The Creation of Character
11: Charlotte Brewer: 'Goose-quill or Ganders?': Female writers in Johnson's Dictionary?
12: Lynda Mugglestone: The Battle of the Word-Books: Competition, the Common Reader, and Johnson's Dictionary
13: James McLaverty: Fixity and Instability in the Text of Johnson's Poems
14: Isobel Grundy: What is it about Johnson?
15: David Fairer: Johnson and the Warton Brothers
16: Howard D. Weinbrot: Johnson Rebalanced: The Happy Man, The Supportive Family, and his Social Religion