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Loving Dr. Johnson

Helen Deutsch


The autopsy of Samuel Johnson (1709–84) initiated two centuries of Johnsonian anatomy—both in medical speculation about his famously unruly body and in literary devotion to his anecdotal remains. Even today, Johnson is an enduring symbol of individuality, authority, masculinity, and Englishness, ultimately lending a style and a name—the Age of Johnson—to the eighteenth-century English literary canon. This book uses the enormous popularity of Johnson to understand a singular case of author love and to reflect upon what the love of authors has to do with the love of literature. This book's work ... More

Keywords: love of authors, Samuel Johnson, love of literature, Boswell, individuality, authority, masculinity, Englishness, Age of Johnson, English literary canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226143828
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Deutsch, author