Excerpts from James Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791) (In Progress)
An Essay on The Life and Genius of Samuel Johnson. LL.D., by Arthur Murphy, Esq.
The Dictionary's Plan and the Lord Chesterfield Incident
The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language (1747)
Essays Appearing in The World (Written by Lord Chesterfield):
» November the 28th, 1754
» December the 5th, 1754
Johnson's Letter to Chesterfield (February 1755)
Advertising and Promotions
Promotional Material from The Gentleman's Magazine (April 1755)
from The Public Advertiser, Tuesday, April 15, 1755.
Contemporaneous Reviews and Criticism
Review from The Monthly Review (April 1755)
Adam Smith's Review from Edinburgh Review (1755)
Satirical Letter by John Wilkes (1755)
Charles Richardson's "Critical Examination of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary" (Illustrations of English Philology, 1815) (In Progress)
Poems about Johnson's Dictionary
Excerpt from William Prideaux Courtney's Bibliography of Johnson (1915) (In Progress)
Johnson's Dictionary in Literature
For current histories of Johnson's Dictionary, consult the Recommended Reading list, or visit the Dictionary's Wikipedia page.
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