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Freya Johnston: Samuel Johnson’s Criticism, 25 April 2024

The Literary Criticism of Samuel Johnson: Forms of Artistry and Thought 
by Philip Smallwood.
Cambridge, 219 pp., £85, September 2023, 978 1 009 36999 2
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... bristles with comic potential. One of the most salutary aspects of Johnson’s criticism, as Philip Smallwood has pointed out in a previous study, Johnson’s Critical Presence: Image, History, Judgment (2004), is that it refuses to take itself or its subject matter entirely seriously. When Imlac, venerable tour guide of Johnson’s Abyssinian ...

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