The Cambridge companion to Samuel Johnson /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Clingham, Greg.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

Clingham (Bucknell Univ.) assembles the work of 15 distinguished Johnsonians from several generations in this wide-ranging collection of essays, which will serve as both an accessible introduction to Johnson for beginners and a useful survey of recent criticism for more advanced scholars. The contributors share a commitment to Johnson as a writer deserving serious commentary, rather than the colorful figure given by Boswell in the Life of Johnson. Contributions by Eithne Henson ("Johnson and the Condition of Women") and Clement Hawes ("Johnson and Imperialism") address currently fashionable topics without ever giving in to trendiness, whereas essays by Howard Weinbrot ("Johnson's Poetry") and Paul J. Korshin ("Johnson, the Essay, and The Rambler") have more traditional concerns. Among the highlights are "Johnson's Christian Thought," by Michael Suarez, and "'Letters about Nothing': Johnson and Epistolary Writing," by Tom Keymer. The final piece, by Steven Lynn, on Johnson's critical reception places the rest of the essays in context. Highly recommended for all academic libraries. J. T. Lynch; University of Pennsylvania

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