The Samuel Johnson Encyclopedia

Hardcover | May 1, 1996

byPat Rogers

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Samuel Johnson was one of the most important literary figures of the 18th century, which was sometimes known as the Age of Johnson. He authored a pioneering dictionary of the English language, edited Shakespeare, composed poetry and drama, and wrote numerous prose works on moral, philosophical, religious, political, and domestic concerns. Immortalized through Boswell's biography, he is as well-known for his traits and habits (including his witty and combative manner of conversation) as for his prodigious achievements in the world of letters. This encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to Johnson and his milieu. This pioneering volume contains more than 650 alphabetically arranged entries on every aspect of Johnson's life, career, and personality. It describes each of his works in detail, examining such matters as composition, publication, and reception. It gives up-to-date accounts of his attitude on key themes and concepts, and explores his central ideas on literary, moral, political, social, and religious questions. It provides biographies of all the persons with whom Johnson had any sort of real contact, ranging from his close friends in the world of the arts and publishing, to his domestic intimates and servants, his extended family, and even his cat. A full system of cross-referencing allows readers to locate subjects and entries with ease. This is a one-stop aid which will enable students and readers of Johnson to locate almost any fact about him quickly and easily, and will provide guidance for any more detailed research which may be called for.

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Samuel Johnson was one of the most important literary figures of the 18th century, which was sometimes known as the Age of Johnson. He authored a pioneering dictionary of the English language, edited Shakespeare, composed poetry and drama, and wrote numerous prose works on moral, philosophical, religious, political, and domestic concer...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9.46 × 6.3 × 1.11 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313294119

ISBN - 13:9780313294112

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"Attempting to bring together into one place the important details of Samuel Johnson's life, Rogers includes entries on Johnson's works, his compulsive behavior (e.g., his love of tea and mysterious use of orange peel), his friends and acquaintances, notable people of his time, and his cat Hodge. For lovers of Johnson and readers just discovering him this is an enjoyable reference work, well prepared and clearly written.... [A] worth addition to most academic library collections."-Choice