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Loving Dr. Johnson (review)

Loving Dr. Johnson (review) 04-reviews302 5/17/07 9:05 AM Page 220 220 Biography 30.2 (Spring 2007) Helen Deutsch. Loving Dr. Johnson. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2005. 322 pp. ISBN 0-226-14382-1, $35.00. It is rather hard to explain—especially to people outside the academy—how and why Samuel Johnson is a major author. He wrote no stageable play, no filmable novel, no delicate lyric, nor mighty epic. Yet Johnson is subject to a great deal of non-scholarly interest and admiration, out of all proportion to his place in the canon (and even more out of proportion if there is no canon). While many literary figures of the past are the subject of university study and academic publication, Johnson is also the focus of societies, web-sites, muse- ums, commemorations, trinket-making, and occasional quotation and mis- quotation in the popular media. All these assertions may be substantiated easily enough. Of the 1172 authors listed on Mitsuhara Matsuoka’s British and Irish Authors on the Web, only 15 have more websites dedicated to them than Johnson. For testimony to a more serious level of interest, one may consult Jack Lynch’s web-based resource, A Bibliography of Johnsonian Stud- ies, 1986–, for its list of 1,887 items, not including book reviews, published http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Loving Dr. Johnson (review)

Biography , Volume 30 (2) – Jul 25, 2007

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Copyright © 2007 Biographical Research Center.
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04-reviews302 5/17/07 9:05 AM Page 220 220 Biography 30.2 (Spring 2007) Helen Deutsch. Loving Dr. Johnson. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2005. 322 pp. ISBN 0-226-14382-1, $35.00. It is rather hard to explain—especially to people outside the academy—how and why Samuel Johnson is a major author. He wrote no stageable play, no filmable novel, no delicate lyric, nor mighty epic. Yet Johnson is subject to a great deal of non-scholarly interest and admiration, out of all proportion to his place in the canon (and even more out of proportion if there is no canon). While many literary figures of the past are the subject of university study and academic publication, Johnson is also the focus of societies, web-sites, muse- ums, commemorations, trinket-making, and occasional quotation and mis- quotation in the popular media. All these assertions may be substantiated easily enough. Of the 1172 authors listed on Mitsuhara Matsuoka’s British and Irish Authors on the Web, only 15 have more websites dedicated to them than Johnson. For testimony to a more serious level of interest, one may consult Jack Lynch’s web-based resource, A Bibliography of Johnsonian Stud- ies, 1986–, for its list of 1,887 items, not including book reviews, published

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Published: Jul 25, 2007

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