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James Boswell (1) (1740–1795)

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James Boswell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1740 of an old and honored family. As a young man, Boswell was ambitious to have a literary career but reluctantly obeying the wishes of his father, a Scottish Judge, he followed a career in the law. He was admitted to the Scottish bar in 1766. näytä lisää However, his legal practice did not prevent him from writing a series of periodical essays, The Hypochondriac (1777-83), and his Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides (1785), was an account of the journey to the outer islands of Scotland undertaken with Samuel Johnson in 1773. In addition, Boswell wrote the impulsively frank Journals, private papers lost to history until they were discovered by modern scholars and issued in a multivolume set. Known during much of his life as Corsican Boswell for his authorship of An Account of Corsica in 1768, his first considerable work, Boswell now bears a name that is synonymous with biographer. The reason rests in the achievement of his Life of Samuel Johnson published in 1791, seven years after the death of Johnson. Boswell recorded in his diary the anxiety of the long-awaited encounter with Johnson, on May 16, 1763, in the back parlor of a London bookstore, and upon their first meeting he began collecting Johnson's conversations and opinions. Johnson was a daunting subject for a biographer, in part because of his extraordinary, outsized presence and, in part because Johnson himself was a pioneer in the art of literary biography. Boswell met the challenge by taking an anecdotal, year-by-year approach to the wealth of biographical material he gathered. näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Tohtori Johnsonin elämä (1791) 3,934 kappaletta, 42 arvostelua
Lontoon päiväkirja, 1762–1763 (1950) 1,484 kappaletta, 17 arvostelua
Journals of the Western Islands (1775) 848 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
The Life of Samuel Johnson; Abridged (1979) 465 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Boswell in search of a wife, 1766-1769 (1956) 124 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Boswell on the grand tour: Italy, Corsica, and France, 1765-1766 (1953) — Tekijä — 114 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Meeting Dr. Johnson (1996) 110 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Portable Johnson & Boswell (1947) 98 kappaletta
Boswell for the Defence: 1769-1774 (1960) 96 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Journals of James Boswell: 1762-1795 (1991) 89 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Everybody's Boswell (1930) 70 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Life of Johnson - Vol. 1 (1914) 62 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Life of Johnson - Vol. 2 (1791) 58 kappaletta
Boswell in Extremes, 1776-1778 (1970) 29 kappaletta
Boswell's Column 1777-1783 (1951) 28 kappaletta
Visita a Rousseau e a Voltaire (1990) 20 kappaletta
Life of Johnson - Vol. 5 (2003) 12 kappaletta
Life of Johnson - Vol. 6 (2011) 11 kappaletta
Life of Johnson, Volume 2 (1949) 9 kappaletta
Boswell on the Grand Tour (1993) 9 kappaletta
A Shorter Boswell 9 kappaletta
Dorando : a Spanish tale (1974) 8 kappaletta
Letters of James Boswell (1924) 7 kappaletta
Corsica. ( Korsika) (1989) 4 kappaletta
LETTERS OF JAMES BOSWELL (2013) — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
The Hypochondriack (1928) 2 kappaletta
BOSWELL'S LIFE OF DR.JOHNSON (1890) 2 kappaletta
Arte de la biografía — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
The Douglas cause 2 kappaletta
Life of Johnson Volume 5 (2020) 1 kappale
Boswell's London (1978) 1 kappale
Journals 1 kappale
Piozzian rhimes 1 kappale
Life of Johnson - Vol. 4 (2010) 1 kappale
James Johnson 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Avustaja, eräät painokset561 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
The Literary Cat (1977) — Avustaja — 241 kappaletta
The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Tekijä — 188 kappaletta
Candide [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (1966) — Avustaja — 159 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Avustaja — 122 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Avustaja — 112 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Avustaja — 96 kappaletta

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Muut nimet
Laird of Auchinleck
Auchinleck Church, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
Maa (karttaa varten)
Scotland, UK
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Auchinleck, Scotland, UK
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Utrecht
Edinburgh High School
Johnson, Samuel (friend)
Boswell, Alexander (son)
The Literary Club
Lyhyt elämäkerta
James Boswell's fame and accomplishments are such that his name has become synonymous with a close friend and biographer. Although many of his great works and correspondence were lost to scholars for many years, they were fortunately discovered in the 1920s and later published.



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How charming! This is the way to read Boswell.
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therebelprince | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 21, 2024 |
Long, entertaining and anecdotal.
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sfj2 | 41 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 3, 2024 |
Readable, engrossing, sometimes amusing - a classic read.
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sfj2 | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 29, 2024 |
Fascinating, for several reasons: that Johnson is an extraordinary character, that London in the 1760s was an exciting place, that Boswell’s anecdotal voice is pleasurable to read - not least because of the cross-currents of ideas (current today) that were being tested as they flowed through and around what is quite an intimate relationship between the two men.

On the one hand, Boswell, when invited to dinner at Johnson’s house had low expectations:
I supposed we scarcely have knives and forks…but the fact was we had very good soup, a boiled leg of lamb and spinach, a veal pie. and a rice pudding. (p.164)
and on the other the pervasive influences of Rousseau (dismissed by Johnson as nonsense)
…the happiness of a savage life;…’Here I am free and unrestrained, amidst the rude magnificence of Nature, with this Indian woman by my side, and this gun with which I can procure food when I want it: what more can be desired for human happiness?’…Johnson. …gross absurdity. It is sad stuff; it is brutish…(p.166)
Johnson has a tendency to make assertions with little foundation or evidence other than the weight of a turn of phrase or contrarian obstinance.
…he loved to display his ingenuity in argument; and therefore would sometimes in conversation maintain opinions which he was sensible were wrong, but in supporting which, his reasoning and wit would be most conspicuous. (p. 209)
I found myself noting many passages. One I thought applied to me and I'll note is here for reference
'Sir, a man may be so much of every thing, that he is nothing of any thing'. (p.288)

Perhaps it’s that the anecdotes include so many notable encounters amidst the daily routines of eating and visiting that this ‘Life’ can't help but be consumed, not just as an intellectual journey but where tangible remnants in the physical world prompt other depths: I've been fortunate to have visited Dr Johnson's house in London at 17 Gough Square, my sister once gave me a William Hogarth illustration from [b:The Analysis of Beauty|23672505|The Analysis of Beauty (Dover Books of Fine Art)|William Hogarth|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1429097330l/23672505._SY75_.jpg|916332], and from my maternal grandfather, I have a complete 1805 set of The Plays of William Shakespeare which includes Dr Johnson's Preface.

I'll now exhume my memories of Gough Square, explore Hogarth's The Analysis of Beauty, and read Dr Johnson's Preface to Shakespeare. The danger is that I'll become obsessed with 18th Century London.
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simonpockley | 41 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2024 |



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