Faculty Bio

Robert DeMaria

Professor of English on the Henry Noble MacCracken Chair

Robert DeMaria's main area of study is eighteenth-century British Literature and, in particular, Samuel Johnson, on whose life and works he has published three books: Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading (Johns Hopkins UP, 1997),The Life of Samuel Johnson (Blackwell, 1993), and Johnson's Dictionary and the Language of Learning. (Clarendon Press, 1986). DeMaria's editorial projects include Samuel Johnson but are not limited to him: British Literature 1640-1789: An Anthology (Blackwell, 1996; 3d ed., 2008), an accompanying Critical Reader (1999), the Penguin edition of Gulliver's Travels (2001), and, with Gwin Kolb, Johnson on the English Language, a volume in The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. DeMaria is the General Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Yale Johnson. Most recently, with Robert Brown, DeMaria published Classical Literature and its Reception (Blackwell, 2007), an anthology of related classical and British poetry. In 2002 he became the editor of the Johnsonian News Letter and publishes two issues a year. DeMaria has lectured widely in the United States and the United Kingdom.