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Loving Dr. Johnson$
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Helen Deutsch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226143828

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.001.0001

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Coda: Anecdotal Errancy, Three Authors

Coda: Anecdotal Errancy, Three Authors

(p.195) Chapter Five Coda: Anecdotal Errancy, Three Authors
Loving Dr. Johnson

Helen Deutsch

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the autopsy of the body of Samuel Johnson. It discusses alternate versions of Johnsonian afterlife in texts by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett. This chapter suggests that each of these demonstrated how the love of Johnson endures not despite his mortality but because of it.

Keywords:   Samuel Johnson, autopsy, Johnsonian afterlife, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, mortality

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