© 2002

Samuel Johnson in Historical Context

  • Jonathan Clark
  • Howard Erskine-Hill

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Howard Erskine-Hill
      Pages 1-8
  3. The Local Setting

  4. The Public Realm

  5. The Cultural Allegiance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-318

About this book


In one of the more sudden shifts of perspective, and hotly contested controversies of recent historical and literary scholarship, our view of Johnson has been fundamentally changed. This volume offers the best up-to-the-moment account of what has been achieved, and points to the new directions in which scholarship is developing. It will be essential reading for all concerned with eighteenth-century studies.


England English literature Research in English and American Literature revolution Scotland

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Clark
  • Howard Erskine-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

About the editors

JEREMY BLACK MBE Professor of History, University of Exeter EVELINE CRUICKSHANKS Fellow, Institute of Historical Research MATTHEW M. DAVIS Senior Editor at the Core Knowledge Foundation THOMAS KAMINSKI Editor NIALL MACKENZIE PhD Candidate in English, University of Cambridge DAVID MONEY Senior Lecturer in English, University of Sunderland PAUL MONOD Professor of History, Middlebury College, Vermont EIRWEN NICHOLSON Researcher MURRAY G. H. PITTOCK Professor of Literature, University of Strathclyde RICHARD SHARP Senior Research Fellow and Garden Master, Worcester College, Oxford

Bibliographic information


"This richly suggestive essay will send many readers back to the work to discover examples of Johnson's oscillation..." - The Times Literary Supplement (UK)