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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Intertextuality and Influence Joan Aiken
This book is a prequel to some of its predecessors. Brazil in South America (here called New Cumbria in Roman America) is another transformation of actuality, ruled over by the sinister Queen Ginevra. Dido arrives...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Anne Barker
MAB 's discussion of schools leads her into an account of a visit made by the Norwegian missionary, Bishop Schreuder , to a later Zulu chief, Cetshwayo , taken from a blue-book or government report...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Deverell
MD has an acute sense of the way women are disadvantaged. She is, she confesses, a rebel against the domestic sphere.
Deverell, Mary. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. Printed for the author by J. Rivington, Jun., 1781.
1: 43
Of all the faults, that were ever laid to the charge of...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Jacson
Chapters are headed with a lavish array of quotations. Among the better-known authors are Ariosto (in the original), Shakespeare , Drayton , Milton , Pope (on the title-page), Young , Gray , Collins , Johnson
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Fielding
This novel had some influence on Samuel Johnson , both on his Rambler essays and on Rasselas: a matter which deserves critical attention. In fiction it ushers in a brilliant mid-century constellation and, together...
Intertextuality and Influence Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
Here, more directly than in her novels, she deals with political and social issues: double tithing (Catholics having to support the established church which they did not frequent), corrupt middle-men, and absentee landlords.
Campbell, Mary. Lady Morgan: The Life and Times of Sydney Owenson. Pandora, 1988.
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Grant
Charlotte Lennox is alluded to in this book (though AG gives her birth name wrongly as Massey),
Grant, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady. Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808.
1: 21n
along with the more highly-ranked Milton and Johnson (whose Life of Savage she echoes, without naming...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Jacson
The title-page quotes Samuel Johnson on the limits to rights held by parents over children. The story has a Jacobin flavour, and reads like a reversal of the circumstances of Plain Sense. It opens...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Collier
The Monthly Review was moderately laudatory about the Art of Tormenting; it picked up on the relationship to Swift .
Griffiths, Ralph, and George Edward Griffiths, editors. Monthly Review. R. Griffiths.
8 (1753): 274
JC 's commonplace-book commented wryly on a man who declared that...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Hays
Among the book's contents are poems and fiction (including dream visions and an Oriental tale. Titles like Cleora, or the Misery Attending Unsuitable Connections and Josepha, or pernicious Effects of early Indulgence foreground Hays's didactic...
Intertextuality and Influence Henrietta Battier
She hoped to get a volume of her collected poems published while she was in London in 1784, and enlisted the aid of Samuel Johnson. Johnson offered positive encouragement (assuring her he had often been...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Reynolds
With this rejection of the straight line, or of the phallic, she turns to feminine sensibility on which to ground her principles of taste or of aesthetics. The remarkable result must be called a proto-feminist...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Carter
The reviewers of this collection were appreciative; the Critical's high praise included, however, heavy emphasis on gender.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
12 (1762): 180-3
This monthly number of the Critical appeared with its date (1762) misprinted as 1761...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Grant
As well as her central allusion to Barbauld, AG claims authority for her work by quoting Milton on her title-page and later as well, and by echoing, in her deliberately derivative, that is traditional style...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Austen
She applies to her friend a remark about Samuel Johnson from Boswell 's Life: that her death left no-one living who resembled her.
Austen, Jane. Minor Works. Editor Chapman, Robert William, Oxford University Press, 1965.


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