Percival Stockdale: Samuel Johnson, and His Disgrace to English Literature

Percival Stockdale: Samuel Johnson, and His Disgrace to English Literature

Introduction by Howard D. Weinbrot. This is a letter written from Percival Stockdale to Edward Jerningham in 1793, bemoaning Samuel Johnson’s “Lives of the Poets,” which Stockdale considered defective, dogmatic, arrogant and unjust. Stockdale later published his own version of literary history in 1807, “Lecture on the Truly Eminent English Poets.”250 copies, from Bembo types on Windhover paper, $15

Date of Publication: 
1988