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Freya Johnston is University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is the author of Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709-1791 (Oxford University Press, 2005) and of various articles and chapters in books on Johnson, Austen, and their contemporaries. She is general co-editor, with Matthew Bevis, of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Lynda Mugglestone is Professor of the History of English at Oxford University, and Fellow and Tutor in English at Pembroke College, Oxford. She has published widely on language (including the history and social and cultural roles of dictionaries), with a particular focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Recent work includes: Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (Oxford University Press, 2000); Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2005); 'Talking Proper': The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol (Oxford University Press 2nd edn. 2003; revised paperback edn, 2007) and Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is editor of The Oxford History of English (Oxford University Press, 2006, 2007).
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Freya Johnston and Lynda Mugglestone
2. Johnson and Time, Philip Smallwood
3. Johnson and Change, Robert DeMaria, Jr.
4. Johnson's Assertions and Concessions: Moral Irresolution and Rhetorical Performance, John Richetti
5. Johnson: Sanity and Syntax, Philip Davis
6. Johnson's Freud, Adam Phillips
7. Fault finding in Johnson's Lives of the Poets, John Mullan
8. Johnson and Genius, Lawrence Lipking
9. Johnson Personified, Freya Johnston
10. The Creation of Character, Jane Steen
11. 'Goose-quill or Ganders?': Female writers in Johnson's Dictionary?, Charlotte Brewer
12. The Battle of the Word-Books: Competition, the Common Reader, and Johnson's Dictionary, Lynda Mugglestone
13. Fixity and Instability in the Text of Johnson's Poems, James McLaverty
14. What is it about Johnson?, Isobel Grundy
15. Johnson and the Warton Brothers, David Fairer
16. Johnson Rebalanced: The Happy Man, The Supportive Family, and his Social Religion, Howard D. Weinbrot