Abstract

In his biographical preface on Pope, Samuel Johnson attempts to distinguish between "man" and "writer"; but the distinction was one that Pope had preemptively blurred, in both what and how he published. A conflict thus arises in the two writers' portrayals of author vis-à-vis work, art vis-à-vis life. Ultimately, the nature of this conflict is historically determined: Johnson's biography of Pope points toward the origins of "the author" not just as legal and economic entity, but as Cultural Icon, marking a turning-point in the history not just of "the author," but of "the life of the author."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 631-649
Launched on MUSE
2007-09-06
Open Access
No
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