The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson was founded in 1955 to replace the Oxford Edition of 1825 and make accurate texts of Johnson's complete works widely available. Originally there were to be nine volumes and the project was to take two years. The first volume, Diaries, Prayers, and Annals, appeared in 1958. Since then the plan of the edition has grown and twenty additional volumes have appeared. The most recently published of these are The Lives of the Poets, volumes 21-23 (2010). One last volume is still under way: volume 20: Johnson on Demand: Prefaces, Proposals, and Ghost-Writings.
Continued work on the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson has been made possible by generous grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
At its inception and throughout the sixty years of its operation, the Editorial Committee of the Edition has had many distinguished members. Serving as chairman of the committee or general editor in the past were Herman W. Liebert, Allen T. Hazen, and John H. Middendorf.
The current members of the editorial committee:
Robert DeMaria, Jr., General Editor and Chair