Author Study: Samuel Johnson

live: $ 213

rec.: $ 188

  • Overview
  • Curriculum
  • Teacher

MONDAY 11:30am-12:45pm ET (1st semester)

Prerequisite: High School Writing Methods

This Author Study class examines one of the monumental authors and critics of English Literature, Samuel Johnson, in his own words, as well as a modern biography.  It incorporates reading selections literature in a range of genres, as well as weekly written assignments.  The philosophy that writing skills are improved by imitating great models shapes the writing assignments.  Several important themes, concepts, and questions will be examined, which will be extracted from the text, including the following.  First, whether there is a connection between the living world and the world of text, and what is the nature of this connection.  Second, if there are moral responsibilities of authors, of critics, and of readers; and what are they?  Third, in what ways does Samuel Johnson provide, or fail to provide, a model for engaging the world; and is Samuel Johnson relevant today?  The goals of the class are three:  1) familiarize the student with Samuel Johnson’s worldview, 2) understand and apply the Johnsonian approach to literature and 3) improve the student’s prose style.

Weekly homework reinforces the concepts taught in class and the teacher is available during live office hours and by email to assist students.  Assignments are graded and students received a mid-term report as well as a year-end course credit report.

  • Books / Textbooks
    • Samuel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose by Editors: Frank Brady and William Wimsatt
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    • The Achievement of Samuel Johnson by W. Jackson Bate
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  • Other Materials
    • Online materials will be provided by the instructor.
      Parent's Discretion
    • No other materials required

David Higgins

David Higgins lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  He has a B.A in Literature from Ave Maria University, and a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Dallas.  He enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and cooking.

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