Samuel Johnson

Standard Name: Johnson, Samuel
Used Form: Dr Johnson
Arriving in eighteenth-century London as one more young literary hopeful from the provinces, SJ achieved such a name for himself as an arbiter of poetry, of morality (through his Rambler and other periodical essays and his prose fiction Rasselas), of the language (the Dictionary), and of the literary canon (his edition of Shakespeare and the Lives of the English Poets) that literary history has often typecast him as hidebound and authoritarian. This idea has been facilitated by his ill-mannered conversational dominance in his late years and by the portrait of him drawn by the hero-worshipping Boswell . In fact he was remarkable for his era in seeing literature as a career open to the talented without regard to gender. From his early-established friendships with Elizabeth Carter and Charlotte Lennox to his mentorship of Hester Thrale , Frances Burney , and (albeit less concentratedly) of Mary Wollstonecraft and Henrietta Battier , it was seldom that he crossed the path of a woman writer without friendly and relatively egalitarian encouragement.


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Friends, Associates Oliver Goldsmith
Goldsmith met and became a friend and associate of Edmund Burke , Samuel Johnson , Sir Joshua Reynolds , and others belonging to the Club, of which he was a founder member. He was a...
Friends, Associates Mary Wollstonecraft
Newington Green was a fortunate place for MW to have settled: it was a centre of intellectual Dissent. There she met the radical minister Richard Price , the poet Samuel Rogers , and the teacher...
Friends, Associates Mary Jones
Samuel Johnson , visiting Oxford, boasted to MJ of the closeness of his friendship with Charlotte Lennox ; a few months later Jones wrote to Lennox, to say she would be visiting London soon.
Isles, Duncan. “The Lennox Collection (Continued)”. Harvard Library Bulletin, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 36-60.
Friends, Associates Mary Palmer
MP and her husband entertained her brother Joshua , sister Frances , and Samuel Johnson , sharing the hostess honours for several days with her married sister Elizabeth Johnson, who lived nearby.
Clifford, James L. Dictionary Johnson. McGraw-Hill, 1979.
Friends, Associates Hester Mulso Chapone
Hester Mulso became a member of Samuel Richardson 's circle (as depicted in the well-known drawing by Susanna Highmore ), and engaged with him in lively debate on the position, status, and duties of unmarried...
Friends, Associates Hannah More
Here she began to gather the circle of friends which by the end of her long life had touched every cranny of English society. She had already met Edmund Burke in Bristol the previous September...
Instructor David Garrick
He attended the tiny, unsuccessful school on which Samuel Johnson lost his wife's money.
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Sarah Gooch
It is not clear how much of Bellamy's completed novel ESG actually wrote: as much as the whole of volume three may be hers. Her preface echoes Samuel Johnson when it says the history of...
Intertextuality and Influence Emma Parker
EP says she has studied to avoid a dictatorial tone . . . considering herself rather as one of those [women] she is addressing.
Parker, Emma. Important Trifles. T. Egerton, 1817.
Feminist Companion Archive.
She writes as a strong-minded Christian, and makes use of...
Intertextuality and Influence A. Woodfin
She learns to condemn her parents' treatment of her when she boards in a family who deliberately favour the ugly, deformed one of their young twins, to redress the balance. She feels a great relief...
Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Hofland
The title-page quotes Johnson 's Rambler. This novel opens with fashionable and effective abruptness: What can I do? These words, spoken in a low tone, and followed by a heart rending sigh, broke on...
Intertextuality and Influence Eliza Kirkham Mathews
The novel which emerged from so much interference during composition is naive, exaggerated, and badly structured, but highly unusual, with great intensity in its writing. Its title-page quotes Thomas Holcroft , and its epigraphs to...
Intertextuality and Influence Hannah More
HM 's prologue (invoking Samuel Johnson as authority) presents domestic subject-matter as more relevant than the fate of empires.
Intertextuality and Influence Rosa Nouchette Carey
One of the many novels which RNC chose to dignify by quotations to head her chapters, this seems to make a particular attempt to impress. Those quoted imply considerable learning, even if (as seems likely)...
Intertextuality and Influence Beatrix Potter
Of the first three stories, Carrier's Bob tells how a waggoner's terrier, Bob, is neglected and ill-treated by the widow after his master's death; The Mole Catcher's Burying describes how, as a village mole-catcher lies...


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