That Samuel Johnson contributed several essays to the Universal Visiter, an eighteenth-century periodical edited by Christopher Smart and Richard Rolt, has long been kwn. What is t kwn is just what pieces he did write. Because the double asterisk was thought to have been Johnson's signature, all six Visiter essays so marked have, at various times, been attributed to him. Although only three of the Visiter essays are generally accepted as Johnson's, there has been conclusive evidence that Johnson was t the author of the three conjectural pieces. This study presents evidence that Richard Rolt, t Samuel Johnson, wrote two of the three disputed pieces.
The Author: Bonnie Ferrero received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She is the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Ferrero is the author of several articles on Samuel Johnson.