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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 98–109.
Published: 01 April 2008
... of the Diction- ary of the English Language in 1755.3 Yet even in the years before he came to incarnate an age, Johnson sought to present an idealized vision of the workings of a celebrated authorial name in The Rambler ( 1 7 5 0  –  5 2 ) . 4 There he challenges anonymity as the pose of shyness...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 January 2008
... calling himself “The Rambler” tells his readers, “Very few men know how to take a walk.”1 In this implicit claim to authority on the subject of walk- ing, Samuel Johnson’s latter-day readers hear not the belletrist’s custom- ary claim to quotidian knowledge, but the voice of experience. We readily...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 29–38.
Published: 01 April 2008
... Johnson, The Rambler 97 (19 February 1751), in The Rambler, ed. W. J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss, 4 vols. (New Haven: Yale Univ., 1969), 4:153. This edition is used for all references to The Rambler. 12.  Johnson, The Rambler 4 (31 March 1750), 3:21. M ...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 154–157.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., on style, on taste, Addison’s and Steele’s The Tatler and The Spec- tator are the best known and most influential of these papers, though Steele’s later The Guardian and Johnson’s The Rambler remain crucial ethical and liter- ary-critical landmarks. For much of the twentieth century, these papers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 January 2017
... meditates on the relationship between sound and meaning in The Rambler 94 and, using Milton as his example, strikes a note of skepticism regarding the voicing of poetry: It is scarcely to be doubted, that on many occasions we make the musick which we imagine ourselves to hear; that we...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 38–55.
Published: 01 April 2018
... to Johnson, declare himself among his principal admirers, and begin a correspondence that would facilitate his entrée into the literary world. Johnson’s periodical essays in The Rambler and The Adventurer, he wrote, “seem to me models of true genius, useful learning, & elegant dic- tion, employed...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 37–64.
Published: 01 September 2009
... as a poet, broadly construed, enables his name to make a number of appearances. The section on Fable refers to Johnson’s “beautiful allego- ries” in The Rambler (as well as to particular works by Spenser, Thomson, and Addison) as examples of the fable “being designed only to clothe and adorn...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 103–107.
Published: 01 September 2016
... a single polar- ity for his churchmanship and politics” (236). Hudson, writing in “Change and Tension in Johnson’s Philosophy from The Rambler to The Idler” (short title), shows that Johnson’s The Idler not only differs from The Rambler in style, but also in philosophical outlook, particularly...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (3): 1–19.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., and Johnson, despite his Protestantism, praises the Catholic Erasmus in The Rambler, 108 as one who “will stand for ever in the fi rst rank of literary heroes” (Yale Works, 4:214). More infl uential still was Michel de Montaigne, whose Apologie de Raymond Sebond (1575 – 80) prompted the fl owering...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 135–148.
Published: 01 January 2012
... Restoration texts in Johnson’s Rambler 31 and Life of Dryden. Outliving Three Centuries?     1 4 1 Several essays of a more usual length extend the journal’s coverage of Johnson himself as well as directing the attention beyond him. Some are criti- cal...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (1): 102–125.
Published: 01 January 2023
... toward grief and a record of an actionable approach to counter it” (72–73). (I would note that Johnson translated a verse from Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy as the motto to The Rambler 7—a prayer to God to “cheer the clouded mind with light divine,” confessing “’Tis thine alone to calm...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 125–128.
Published: 01 January 2013
... are quoted in the Dictionary, and Johnson was once thought to be the editor of Bentley’s correspondence with Newton.) Johnson’s disapproving observations on Milton’s prosody in The Rambler as well as those on the excessive metaphors of the Metaphysicals in the Life of Cowley seem directly related...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 23–40.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of loved ones.5 Perhaps the most celebrated is Samuel Johnson s meditation on the nature of grief and its irremediable quality in The Rambler 47 of 28 August 1750: For sorrow there is no remedy provided by nature; it is often occasioned by accidents irreparable, and dwells upon objects that have lost...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 88–118.
Published: 01 April 2016
... of larger, public historical narratives in order . . . ​to bring the dead, especially the illustrious scholarly dead, back to life.”11 Peter Pindar, Biography, and Historiography in the 1780s 9 3 In The Rambler 60, three years earlier than his comments in the Adventurer 99, Johnson had...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (1): 85–106.
Published: 01 January 2003
..., practice forms a man to anything.”49 Speaking to a broader audience in Rambler #70 in 1750, Johnson dis- cussed the unrealistic “expectation of uniformity of character” in the face of “the power of desire, the cogency of distress, the complications of affairs...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 63–67.
Published: 01 April 2021
... with a pair of eighteenth- century urban stroll- ers, Mr. Spectator and Mr. Rambler. And Thomas R. Preston brings nine- teenth- and twentieth- century African American social history into conversa- tion with Robert Burns: Burns s use of a stigmatized vernacular is analogous to that of black slaves...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 121–126.
Published: 01 January 2021
..., Carter, and Catherine Talbot put their cultural resources into action (67) to support the print trade, especially the rapidly expanding periodical, and specifically Samuel Johnson s Rambler. Carter was already a celebrated print author by the end of the 1730s because of her own periodical writing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 66–86.
Published: 01 April 2023
... with dragons as conventional images of romance in The Rambler 4. 10. Johnson, The Rambler 4 (31 March 1750). 9. David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40), ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge (Oxford: Clarendon, 1978), 98 (I.3.7). 8. Review of The Shipwreck , Critical Review 13 (1762): 440...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 92–109.
Published: 01 September 2007
... Life DeMaria’s contribution, “The Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay,” reviews the genre’s complete history from its inception, when John Dunton established The Athenian Mercury in 1691, through its dominant phase, shortly after John- son fi nished The Rambler in 1752, to its demise...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 24–55.
Published: 01 April 2021
... generations of critics by rather perversely demanding in The Rambler 4 that novels perform tasks that Bolingbroke had assigned to history, such as teaching philosophy by example, and demanding in The Rambler 60 that biography perform tasks that novels had long since undertaken namely, appealing...