Coda: Anecdotal Errancy, Three Authors

Helen Deutsch

in Loving Dr. Johnson

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226143828
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226143859 | DOI:
Coda: Anecdotal Errancy, Three Authors

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the autopsy of the body of Samuel Johnson. It discusses alternate versions of Johnsonian afterlife in texts by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett. This chapter suggests that each of these demonstrated how the love of Johnson endures not despite his mortality but because of it.

Keywords: Samuel Johnson; autopsy; Johnsonian afterlife; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Vladimir Nabokov; Samuel Beckett; mortality

Chapter.  18222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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