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FORTHCOMING: Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists, edited by Anthony W. Lee

January 24, 2018

The traditional view of Samuel Johnson has been that of a reactionary conservative, a narrowly bigoted High Anglican Tory, insular and xenophobic, resistant to innovation and experimentation. Many twentieth-century scholars and critics worked indefatigably to undermine the simplicity of the stereotype, in the process enriching our understanding of this complex and inexhaustibly fecund writer. Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists casts Johnson as a figure of modernity, one who possesses an appeal that many Modernist writers found irresistible. Thus, the essays assembled in this collection urge a simultaneous rethinking of both Johnson and modernism in ways that are compelling, illuminating, and critically fruitful.

 



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