Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tercentenary of Samuel Johnson’s birth and symposium at Emory October 3

Today marks the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, biographer, essayist, and poet. Celebrations and reexaminations of Johnson’s life and work have been taking place this year all over the world.

In commemoration of this event, the University of Georgia Press has released the first scholarly edition of Sir John Hawkins’s THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D., edited by noted Johnson scholar O M Brack, Jr. Brack’s introduction and annotations supply a context for reading Hawkins’s Life, which complements, clarifies and often corrects the better-known and later Life by James Boswell.

Brack and six other noted Johnson scholars will take part in a one-day symposium at Emory University to discuss Hawkins's Life, sponsored by Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the University of Georgia Press:

Saturday, October 3, 2009
10:15 am -5:30 pm

Location: MARBL, Emory’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library in Woodruff Library, Emory University, Decatur, GA

10:30-12:00 Address by O M (Skip) Brack, Jr.

Chris Johnson, Francis Marion University, "Hawkins's Use of Personal Recollection"
Martine Brownley, Emory University, “English Biography Before Hawkins”
Myron Yeager, Chapman University, "Hawkins's Life and Modern Biographers"

Thomas Kaminski, Loyola University, "Hawkins, the Parliamentary Debates, and other Problems with Johnson's Politics"
Greg Clingham, Bucknell University, "Hawkins and the Law"
Timothy Erwin, UNLV, "Richard Savage, Samuel Johnson, and the Profession of an Author"

The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but space is limited.
Please register if you plan to attend by e-mailing Martine Brownley, director of the Fox Center, at