"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volumes 21-23" by Samuel Johnson

The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volumes 21-23 The Lives of the Poets Samuel Johnson, John H. Middendorf

The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson
Publication date:
22 Jun 2010
Yale University Press
1696 pages: 222 x 143 x 38mm
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The Lives of the Poets was the crowning achievement of Samuel Johnson’s rich and varied literary life. Initially planned as a series of rapid-fire prefaces introducing separate volumes on English poets, Johnson’s project evolved into a comprehensive biographical and critical survey of English poetry from the time of Cowley to the time of Gray.  Giving  free rein to his tastes, interests, likes, and dislikes, Johnson produced both a review of his life of reading in English poetry and an extended discursive statement of his immensely influential literary values.


This carefully researched three-volume edition of Lives presents a definitive text reflecting Johnson’s final wishes for its wording, accompanied by notes of value both to general readers and specialists.

The late John H. Middendorf, a renowned Johnson scholar, served as general editor and chair of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. He was also professor of English at Columbia University.