Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Clingham, Greg. Johnson, Writing, and Memory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Examines Johnson’s writing and places it within the context of eighteenth century ideas about literature, history, fiction, and law, discussing the challenges that these ideas pose to twentieth and twenty-first century critical theory.
_______, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Collection of essays includes discussions of Johnson and the arts of conversation, poetry, and the essay as well as examination of his political views. The Preface to Shakespeare is discussed in Philip Smallwood’s essay “Shakespeare: Johnson’s Poet of Nature.”
Hart, Kevin. Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Examines Johnson’s literary legacy and reputation and analyzes the works of those biographers and critics who helped create the “Age of Johnson.” Asserts that James Boswell’s famous biography turned Johnson into a public monument.
Johnson, Samuel. Johnson’s “Preface to Shakespeare”: A Facsimile of the 1778 Edition with Introduction and Commentary by P. J. Smallwood. Edited by P. J. Smallwood. Bristol, England: Bristol Classical Press, 1985. Especially informative volume offers the full text of the Preface to Shakespeare along with...
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