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Collecting the Works of Samuel Johnson: the first 250 years
A talk by Prof Robert DeMaria, Jr.

Wednesday 19 November, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)

James Boswell, Tom Davies and even Johnson himself made some effort to collect Johnson's works in his lifetime, but it was Sir John Hawkins who compiled the first real edition of his works in 1785, the year after Johnson's death.  All collected editions after Hawkins' followed him, with various additions and subtractions, until the Yale Edition.  Conceived in 1951 and finally organized in 1955, the Yale Edition published its first volume in 1958 to great acclaim. 21 volumes are now in print, one in press, and one under way, but even this edition is not complete.  In addition, the digital version of the Yale Edition was launched in June of this year, showing the way to the future of Johnsonian editions.  Professor DeMaria, the third general editor of the Yale Edition, will discuss the history of Johnsonian editions, especially the Yale editions, and talk about the future of scholarly editions generally. 

Tickets: £10 / £8 concs, includes a glass of wine.

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Robert DeMaria, Jr. is the Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College. His studies focus on eighteenth-century British Literature and, in particular, Samuel Johnson,  publishing several books on his life and works: Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading,The Life of Samuel Johnson, and Johnson's Dictionary and the Language of Learning. DeMaria is the General Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board of the The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. In 2002 he became the editor of the Johnsonian News Letter and publishes two issues a year. DeMaria has lectured widely in the United States and the UK, as well as in Europe.

Revising for the second edition after Rowlandson




Editions of Johnson's works in the library at Gough Square


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London Shh... are proud to present a mouth watering evening of

Festive Food through the Ages

Thursday 11th December 2014 at 7pm

Join us for a talk at Dr Johnson's House led by Emma Kay, founder of the Museum of Kitchenalia. You will be whisked on a magical tour of the festive food and eating habits of the residents of the London Shh homes, with demonstrations, audience participation and tastings to whet the appetite.

Together with London Shh.., join us for a mouth-watering and festive journey into Victorian and Georgian trends in food and explore eating and drinking ephemera. From William Morris's fascination with recipes to George Frideric Handel's doppelganger cook; the secrets surrounding London's small historic houses will be revealed using artefacts, images and a lot of Christmas cheer. 

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The London Shh properties can all be linked to the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and contribute to the narrative of food history in a number of ways.

Emma Kay is a Historian, author of Dining with the Georgians, collector and lover of food, dedicated to preserving and interpreting Britain's culinary heritage. She has worked for over fifteen years in major institutions such as The National Maritime Museum,The British Museum and the University of Bath. She researches and delivers talks on the subject of the history of Kitchenalia, by way of her mobile museum. www.museumofkitchenalia.co.uk


A Row in the Kitchen from the Library of Congress collection



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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month, 3pm

Next walks:

December 3

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

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Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

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