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Johnson Society of London

Programme October 2020 – April 2021

3 October, 4:00 pm (over Zoom)

Johnson: accounting for the self

Dr Philip Jones (Chairman, Johnson Society (Lichfield))

21 November, 4:00 pm (over Zoom)

Samuel Johnson on the value of commerce: economics and morality in the context of empire and the slave trade.

Professor Frans De Bruyn (University of Ottawa)

12 December

12 noon. The Annual Commemoration at Westminster Abbey, by courtesy of the Dean and Chapter. Details to be advised.


We hope to return to Wesley's Chapel for meetings in 2021.  


9 January 2021

Topham Beauclerk (1739-1780), Dr Johnson’s aristocratic friend

Dr David Noy

Chair: Dr Catherine Dille

13 February

12.30 pm. Committee Meeting

2.30 pm. “A fine, lively, rattling fellow”. Dr Johnson's friend John Gwynn, an eighteenth-century town planner and bridge builder

Dr Stefka Ritchie

Chair: Miriam Al Jamil

13 March

1.30 pm. Annual General Meeting

2.30 pm. ‘Spectating and rambling, uncommercially and idly, all the year round’: Johnson, Dickens and periodical journalism

Dr Tony Williams (Past President, Dickens Fellowship)

Chair: Zandra O’Donnell

10 April, 2:30 pm

The legacy of James Boswell’s travel writing

Dr Julian Griffin (Head of English, Leicester Grammar School)

Chair: Lois Potter

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