Apart from the works listed under Introductions and the more specific critical works listed under each of Johnson's major works, some of the important general scholarly articles and monographs are worth pointing out. Note that this section of my little guidelet is less satisfactory than any of the others; I'm just trying to point out some major titles.


A number of collections of essays are worth knowing: I'll also mention The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual, ed. Paul J. Korshin and Jack Lynch, which I think publishes some of the best recent Johnson scholarship — but then, I'm biased, since I'm on the payroll.

Oldies But Goodies

Much of the important scholarship on Johnson is pretty old — not to say old-fashioned. Even without going back to the almost antiquarian titles (like Leslie Stephen's History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century, 2 vols. [London: Smith, 1876], and Walter Raleigh's Six Essays on Johnson [Oxford: Clarendon, 1910]), a serious student should read a number of volumes from before 1970, including:

More Recent Studies

One other title worth mentioning is Edward Tomarken's Commentary on the Selected Works of Samuel Johnson, which, though not a comprehensive bibliography of criticism, does a pretty good job of pointing out the major trends and milestone works.

This is part of a Guide to Samuel Johnson by Jack Lynch. Comments are welcome.