Welcome to the Johnson Society of Australia
Distinguished scholar our new president Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 28 November 2005 01:48

The Johnson Society of Australia now has a new President, following the retirement, under the JSA’s constitution, of Professor Clive Probyn after four years in the presidency.

Review: New edition of Johnson essays Print E-mail
Written by Paul Tankard   
Monday, 28 November 2005 01:47

Samuel Johnson, Selected Essays, ed. David Womersley (Penguin Classics, 2003). RRP A$19.95

Scholars and book collectors have always had some sort of access to Samuel Johnson’s essays, but this is the first popular edition of his most characteristic mode of writing since 1957, when a volume of selections from The Rambler was published in the famous Everyman’s Library.  For a newcomer wanting to read the best of Johnson, this book is a must.

A traveller’s tales - John Byrne in sacred Johnsonian territory Print E-mail
Written by John Byrne   
Monday, 28 November 2005 01:44

In the April and July issues of The Southern Johnsonian I previewed my planned journey to England for August and September. I was looking forward with a great deal of excitement to this journey during which I planned to take part in the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the publication of Johnson's Dictionary. What my five weeks in England brought home to me was that we Johnsonians are part of a world-wide sodality of enthusiasts who love the 18th century. Everywhere I went I was welcomed with great kindness and generosity. I am proud to say that our own Society is held in very high regard by Johnsonians all over the world.

The small world of Johnsonia Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 28 November 2005 01:45

JSA Treasurer Barrie has sent us this report of an extraordinary chance meeting on a recent visit to London with his wife, Fay.

“Spin Doctor” Johnson Print E-mail
Written by Basil Stafford Jr   
Monday, 28 November 2005 01:41

Johnson may be known as a moralist but that does not mean he did not adopt sharp practice if it suited his ends.

Oliver Goldsmith had just written a comedy but was struggling to find a name for it. Johnson’s club assembled at the British Coffee-house and finally somebody suggested “She Stoops to Conquer” which was obviously adopted. Olivers’s next problem was that Colman, the manager of Covent Garden, had rejected it. The club decided that they would do what was necessary to get the play staged. Led by Johnson, Colman was bullied into staging it against his better judgment.

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