- The Rambler
"The Rambler" was a periodical by
Samuel Johnsonpublished on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1750to 1752. As was then common for the type of publication, the subject matter was confined only to the imagination of the author (and the sale of the publication); typically, however, "The Rambler" discussed subjects such as morality, literature, society, politics, and religion.
As its author lamented in its final essay, "I have never been much a favourite to the publick," the publication was not an immediate success. Perhaps this was due to Johnson's departure from what could be considered his precedent: "The Spectator", a periodical from
1711to 1712by Joseph Addisonand Richard Steele, popular for its light treatment of elevated subjects by "enliven [ing] morality with wit." In tone and subject matter, "The Rambler" was both lengthier and more serious than its popular ancestor in the genre.
* From the [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library] :
** [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Joh1Ram.html "The Rambler" #1-54]
** [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Joh4All.html "The Rambler" #55-112]
** [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Joh4Ram.html "The Rambler" #171-208]
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