Works By and About

(a list in progress, continually updated)

Works by Johnson

“Messiah” (1728), a translation into Latin of Pope’s poem

A Voyage to Abyssinia (1735), translation from French into English of Jeronimo Lobo’s work

“London” (poem) (1738)

An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage (1744)

Plan for a Dictionary of the English Language (1747)

The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749)

Irene  (play) (1749)

The Rambler (1750-1752)

The Adventurer (1753-1754)

A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)

The Idler (1758-1760)

Rasselas (1759)

The Plays of William Shakespeare (1765)

The False Alarm (1770), political pamphlet

Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland’s Islands (1771), political pamphlet

The Patriot (1774), political pamphlet

Taxation No Tyranny (1775), political pamphlet

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775)

Lives of the Poets (1779-1781)


Yale Digital Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson


Works about Johnson

Boswell, James. Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)

Smith, David Nichol. Johnson and Boswell.” In The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-1921)

Thrale, Hester. Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786)