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Reveiew: John Wiltshire's The Making of Dr Johnson Print E-mail
Written by Barrie Sheppard   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:42

John Wiltshire. The Making of Dr Johnson, Helm Information, Great Britain, 2009

2009, Johnson’s tercentenary year, saw the publication of three biographies for the popular market. And one scholarly work on the making of biographies – our own John Wiltshire’s The Making of Dr Johnson.  John’s book deals with the biographies, anecdotes, memoirs, pictures, and lampoons that have created our conception of the Great Cham. It’s the ‘the story of how Samuel Johnson was made into Dr Johnson’. The book is also an implicit analysis of the craft of making biographies.

Special Art Gallery visit for JSA members Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:47

A visit to the National Gallery of Victoria has been arranged for JSA members on Sunday May 30 at, 2:15 pm, when a senior Gallery guide will give a detailed account of Reynold’s portrait of Miss Susanna Gale, before the picture in the Eighteenth Century Room

We will meet inside the Water Wall on the St Kilda Road entrance. The tour is free, and members who wish can gather for afternoon tea in one of the Gallery’s cafés.

Our Patron solves a mystery: Was she or wasn’t she? Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:49

Dr Gordon Turnbull was appointed our Patron in 2004.  He followed in the distinguished footsteps of Dr David Fleeman and Mary, the Viscountess Eccles.  Gordon heads The Boswell Project at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.  I had the great pleasure of catching up with Gordon at the “Johnson at 300” conference at Pembroke in September last year.


John Byrne lectures on Johnson and Australia Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:52

Samuel Johnson and the Wide Brown Land was the Title of a lecture given by our Western Idler,  John Byrne, on March 17 to the institute of Advanced Studies at the university of Western Australia.

In the lecture, John discussed the faint but fascinating presence of Johnson and his circle in this continent, from the earliest days of English exploration and settlement on the east coast, through to the growth of Johnsonian scholarship to the present day.

Fascinating lecture from Barry Jones Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:42

Australian “living treasure” Dr Barry Jones attracted one of our largest audiences yet for a Fleeman Lecture, with many guests as well as members turning up in force for the 2009 lecture, following the Annual General Meeting on October 3.

Barry, who prefaced his lecture, entitled Samuel Johnson and his Great Contemporaries, with a caution that he did not regard himself as a Johnson specialist, nonetheless gave his audience some fascinating insights into Johnson’s opinions and attitudes towards such contemporaries as Laurence Sterne, Edward Gibbon and Jonathan Swift.

He paid powerful tribute to Johnson’s contribution towards shaping and defining what became modern English and to his personality which led to what Barry called “the greatest biography in the language.”

The lecture will be published in a forthcoming issue of the JSA Papers.

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