Samuel Johnson: The Critical Heritage (The Collected by James T. Boulton

By James T. Boulton

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99 Other prejudices which Johnson encountered are clarified by reference to William Kenrick’s Review (which followed his article in the Monthly Review). In line with Churchill and Wilkes, who had prepared the way, Kenrick lashes Johnson for accepting a pension; dominating the ‘republic of letters’; enjoying the ‘homage’ of the King, universities, writers, and booksellers; and presuming to intrude into a field of scholarship in which he had no competence. Such personal abuse is now easy to shrug off, as it is with Pope who suffered greatly at the hands of Grub Street for his creative and social successes (but who expected ‘the life of a Wit’ to be ‘a warfare upon earth’); but we must recognize 26 INTRODUCTION its intensity.

See head note to No. 15. Op. , xii (1755), 324. Op. , xxv (1755), 190. Kolb, and by Gertrude Noyes listed in the Bibliography. Op. , 9. Op. , i. Op. , xxxv (1765), 529. Op. , xiii. Middlesex Journal, 3 Feb. 1770; Political Register, vi (June 1770), 315– 18; North Briton, 13 Nov. 1770. 37 JOHNSON 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Public Advertiser, 13 March 1775; St. James’s Chronicle, 1 April 1775; Whitehall, 6 April 1775.

73. ) Monthly Review, xx (1796), 18–19. Two of these editions were published in Dublin, one in Edinburgh, and another in Boston, Mass. Murphy’s ‘Essay’ was also published separately from the Works in 1792 and again in 1793. Boswell, Life, iii. 44. , iii. 32. Burke, Correspondence, ed. Sutherland, 1960, ii. 128. Ibid. Deformities of Dr. Samuel Johnson, 2nd edn, 1782, v. Lexiphanes, 2nd edn, 1767, xviii. Op. , 1792, 7, 9. The Ruminator, 1813, ii. 67–8. Thraliana, ed. Balderston, 1942, i. 186. Poetical Works of Anna Seward, ed.

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