The Rambler

The Rambler

"The Rambler" was a periodical by Samuel Johnson published on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1750 to 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 1711 to 1712 by Joseph Addison and 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.

External links

* From the [ Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library] :
** [ "The Rambler" #1-54]
** [ "The Rambler" #55-112]
** [ "The Rambler" #171-208]


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