The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol 6

Poems

Samuel Johnson; Edited by ; With contributions by George Milne

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September 10, 1965
454 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300007343
Cloth

In 1941, when Mr. McAdam and the late D. Nichol Smith published their edition of  Johnson's poems, no one could have foreseen the great surge in Johnsonian studies in the next generation, much less the discovery of addition Johnson and Boswell manuscripts at Malahide Castle. The present volume is thus the first truly complete edition of Johnson's poems to appear. Meticulously edited and annotated, the poems are presented in chronological order, enabling the reader to follow the growth of Johnson's poetical powers from school exercises to the great satires, the occasional verse, and the Latin lyrics of his old age. Mr. McAdam is professor of English at New York University, and Mr. Milne was he collaborator in preparing Johnson's Dictionary, A Modern Selection. Previously announced.

"In every way this is a model of scholarship; furthermore, it enables the reader, for the first time, to trace Johnson's poetic development from his schoolboy exercises to his last Latin lyrics. It shows that Johnson was a more considerable and original poet than has hitherto been generally realised."—The Spectator

"Its scholarly presentation ensures that it worthily fills its necessary place in the series."—Times Literary Supplement
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