Johnson at 60

As I post this blog entry, I myself am about 20 hours from turning 60, and so in thinking about my own life I also thought about Johnson’s at the same age. He was 60 in 1769. By that time, he had published most of the major works of his life — his influential edition […]

“So Rough a Letter”

Well, enough about sex (here, here!), for now. One of Johnson’s closest friends in his latter years, and frankly one that accommodated him (literally and figuratively) and put up with a lot of his idiosyncrasies, was Hester Thrale. He met her for the first time in 1765, when he was 55 and she was 23, […]

Aspects of Sex Work in the 18th and 21st Centuries, Part 2

In Part 1 of this topic, I concentrated on sex work in general in both centuries, but in this post I will focus on the specific detail of how sex workers made money. This may seem obvious, but in a telephone interview I did with William Savage on September 6, for example, he talked about […]