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James Boswell (1) (1740–1795)

Autor(a) de The Life of Samuel Johnson

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About the Author

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. mostrar mais 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. mostrar menos
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Obras de James Boswell

The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 3,915 cópias
Meeting Dr. Johnson (1996) 110 cópias
Everybody's Boswell (1930) 69 cópias
Life of Johnson - Vol. 1 (1914) 62 cópias
Life of Johnson - Vol. 2 (1791) 58 cópias
Boswell's Column 1777-1783 (1951) 28 cópias
Life of Johnson - Vol. 5 (2003) 12 cópias
Life of Johnson - Vol. 6 (2011) 11 cópias
Life of Johnson, Volume 2 (1949) 9 cópias
Boswell on the Grand Tour (1993) 9 cópias
Dorando : a Spanish tale (1974) 8 cópias
Letters of James Boswell (1924) 7 cópias
Corsica. ( Korsika) (1989) 4 cópias
LETTERS OF JAMES BOSWELL (2013) — Autor — 3 cópias
The Hypochondriack (1928) 2 cópias
Arte de la biografía — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Life of Johnson I 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson Vol.I 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson Volume 3 1776-1780 (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson Volume 4 1780-1784 (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson Volume 5 (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Una Visita a Voltiare y Rousseau (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Boswell's London (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Journals 1 exemplar(es)
BOSWELLS COLUMN 1 exemplar(es)
Piozzian rhimes 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson - Vol. 4 (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
James Johnson 1 exemplar(es)
En défense des valeureux Corses (2002) 1 exemplar(es)
The Scots magazine 1 exemplar(es)
Life of Johnson, v. 3 1 exemplar(es)
Vida del Doctor Samuel Johnson (1949) 1 exemplar(es)
A collection of songs 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contribuinte, algumas edições554 cópias
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contribuinte — 241 cópias
Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Autor — 188 cópias
Candide [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (1966) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contribuinte — 96 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Laird of Auchinleck
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Auchinleck Church, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
País (para mapa)
Scotland, UK
Local de nascimento
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
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
Pequena biografia
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.
therebelprince | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
Long, entertaining and anecdotal.
sfj2 | outras 41 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Readable, engrossing, sometimes amusing - a classic read.
sfj2 | outras 9 resenhas | 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 | outras 41 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |



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