About this anthology

The goal of this site is to build an anthology of freely-available, fully-edited and annotated texts of the work of Samuel Johnson, the most important man of letters in eighteenth-century Britain. These texts are being edited by students at the University of Virginia for the use of other students both here and elsewhere. Over time, we hope to create an anthology of most of Johnson’s major works, and from there, to create a larger anthology of eighteenth-century literature. Please feel free to use and comment on our work; we hope to improve this site based on the input of users at the college and secondary school levels.

Samuel Johnson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Samuel Johnson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
         

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