the Samuel Pepys site I showed you, where one entry was posted every day until the whole nine years of the diaries had been published online? Someone did the same for Samuel Johnson’s periodical essays, and here is their rationale:

Samuel Johnson would have a written a great blog.

You can still read Johnson’s essays in book forms – there are countless collections available for your pleasure, and they’re available at any local library that still carries, you know, books. But sitting down to read his essays straight through in book form is really sub-optimal – he jumps from literary criticism of Milton to a fictional story about a landowner to a political rant about Parliament – but it’s perfect for occasional blog reading. It worked as a semi-frequent newspaper column, but it’s terrible as a book.

So: this site posts Samuel Johnson’s essays in the same way his original readers found him – in a semi-frequent way, posted 260 years after Johnson wrote them.


Okay you lot, here is the essay question (and here as a PDF). I have put the due date back two days, until the 6th (the last day of class) rather than the 4th, as I know it’s a busy time. But this isn’t a long essay, and it’s the same format as you are used to with our tests, so you should find yourselves on familiar ground.

Also, I updated the schedule, both the due date and the readings.