Samuel Johnson Bibliography

London 1738
Pope was so impressed by Johnson's first poem, which was published in May, that he induced Lord Gower to write to a friend to ask Swift to obtain a degree for Johnson from the University of Dublin. The object of the degree was to obtain for Johnson £60 a year. According to Gower, Johnson would rather die on the road to Dublin if an examination were necessary, "than to be starved to death translating for booksellers, which has been his only substance for some time past". The application for the degree failed, however.

Pope sent a copy of the poem to a friend with a note describing Johnson as "a man afflicted with an infirmity of the convulsive kind, that attacks him sometimes so as to make him a sad spectacle". The poem appeared in a second edition in a week and attracted various patrons, including General Oglethorpe, who was celebrated by Pope, and who became a lifelong friend to Johnson.
Life of Savage 1744
Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth 1745
Plain of a Dictionary of the English Language 1747
The Vanity of Human Wishes 1749
Irene 1749
Produced by Garrick at Drury Lane Theatre. It has a run of nine performances.
The Rambler 1750
The Ramblerwas published twice a week from 20 March 1750 to 17 March 1752. In five numbers alone Johnson received assistance from friends, and one of these, written by Richardson, is said to have been the only one to have gained a wide circulation.  Generally circulation never exceeded 500, though ten editions were published during Johnson's lifetime, with editions also appearing in Scotland and Ireland.
Dictionary of the English Language 1755
Published between 1755 and 1773.
Rasselas,Prince of Abyssinia 1759
Works of Shakespeare 1765
Johnson publishes his edition of Shakespeare.
Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland 1775
The Lives of the English Poets 1779
Published between 1779 and 1781.