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James Boswell

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(1740–1795) Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and author The Cub at Newmarket (1762) FictionDorando (1767) FictionAn Account of Corsica (1768) Non-FictionThe Journal of a ...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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..., James ( 1740–95 ). Writer . Educated at Edinburgh High School and Edinburgh University, the son of Lord Auchinleck , Boswell owes his significance to Samuel Johnson . Their friendship enabled him to write Life of Johnson ( 1791 ) as well as Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides ( 1785 ). Boswell's non‐Johnsonian literary achievement was his Account of Corsica ( 1768 ). Boswell lacked sufficient dedication to be a successful lawyer and his hopes of entering Parliament were never...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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..., James ( 1740–95 ) Scottish biographer and writer . As a young man, he travelled widely in Europe, meeting Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau . An inveterate hero-worshipper, Boswell found his vocation as the friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson . His monumental Life of Samuel Johnson ( 1791 ) is regarded not only as his masterpiece but also one of the greatest biographies in English. Boswell's other works include An Account of Corsica ( 1768 ) and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides ( 1785 ), an account of his travels with Johnson....

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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..., James ( 1740–95 ), biographer . Boswell is most famous as the author of the Life of Johnson ( 1791 ), which was preceded by his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides ( 1785 ). The son of a Scottish judge and himself in the law, Boswell developed a new form of *biography , influenced by * Johnson 's own theories, but far exceeding the latter's Lives of the Poets in detail, vividness, and intimacy. Boswell combined a gift for contriving occasions in which his subject would ‘perform’ revealingly with the ability to capture the ensuing occasion and...

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Andrew Iain Lewer

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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..., James ( 1740–95 ) . Writer. Educated at Edinburgh High School and Edinburgh University, the son of Lord Auchinleck , Boswell owes his significance to the writer and poet Samuel Johnson . Their friendship enabled him to write Life of Johnson ( 1791 ) as well as Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides ( 1785 ). Boswell’s non-Johnsonian literary achievement was his Account of Corsica ( 1768 ). The Life is a milestone in English literature. It provides witty yet profound insights into one of Britain’s finest writers and a strong flavour of 18th-cent....

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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...K. , ed. James Boswell: The Journal of His Swiss and German Tour, 1764 . Edinburgh, forthcoming. Fifer, Charles N. , ed. The Correspondence of James Boswell with Certain Members of the Club . London, 1976. Hankins, Nellie Pottle , and John Strawhorn , eds. The Correspondence of James Boswell with James Bruce and Andrew Gibb, Overseers of the Auchinleck Estate . Edinburgh, 1998. Hankins, David , and James J. Caudle , eds. The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757–1763 . Edinburgh, 2005. Pottle, Marion S. , Claude Colleer Abbott , and ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., James ( 1740–1795 ) Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and author The Cub at Newmarket ( 1762 ) Fiction Dorando ( 1767 ) Fiction An Account of Corsica ( 1768 ) Non-Fiction The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson ( 1785 ) Non-Fiction The Life of Samuel Johnson ( 1791 ) Non-Fiction...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., James ( 1740–95 ) Lawyer , diarist , and biographer , the eldest son of Alexander Boswell , Lord Auchinleck (pron. Affleck), a Scottish judge who took his title from the family estate in Ayrshire. He reluctantly studied law at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Utrecht universities, despite the literary and political ambitions demonstrated by numerous pamphlets and verses which he published anonymously from 1760 onwards, many of them also expressing his love of the theatre. He met Samuel Johnson on 16 May 1763 in London; he then went to Holland...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., James ( 1740–95 ) Lawyer, diarist, and biographer. He met Samuel Johnson on 16 May 1763 in London; he then went to Holland (where he met and courted Isabelle de Charrière) and on through Europe to Italy. His extraordinary persistence meant he met with Rousseau and Voltaire . On his return to Scotland he ‘passed advocate’ and was to practise there and in England for the rest of his life. His first substantial work, An Account of Corsica ( 1768 ), was followed in December of the same year by a book of edited essays ‘in favour of the brave...

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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2005
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...; and Smith, Adam .] Brady, Frank . James Boswell, The Later Years: 1769–1795 . New York, Toronto, and London, 1984. Biography of the latter half of Boswell's life, covering his Edinburgh legal career and including the years of his labors on the Life of Johnson . Crawford, Thomas , ed. The Correspondence of James Boswell and William Johnson Temple, 1756–1795, vol. 1, 1756–1777. Edinburgh, New Haven, Conn., and London, 1997. Sixth in the Yale Research Edition series of volumes of Boswell's correspondence, in which Boswell exchanges thoughts with his most...

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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..., James ( 1740–95 ), biographer of Dr Johnson , barrister , and author of journals : b. and educ. Edinburgh ; lives in Auchinleck ; lodges in London ( Westminster : Downing St.), frequents Somerset Coffee House (Strand: The Strand), and first meets Dr Johnson ( Covent Garden ) 1763 ; visits Cullen , Slains Castle , Aberdeen , Glenshiel , Skye , Mull , Oban , Inveraray , Alexandria , Laurencekirk , and Glasgow on his tour of the Hebrides with Dr Johnson in 1773 ; enters Inner Temple, London ( City : Temple) 1775 ; lives in London (...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0James James Boswell 1740 – 95 Scottish lawyer ; biographer of Samuel Johnson johnson : Well, we had a good talk. boswell : Yes, Sir; you tossed and gored several persons. Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) Summer 1768 I am, I flatter myself, completely a citizen of the world. In my travels through Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Corsica, France, I never felt myself from home. Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (ed. F. A. Pottle, 1936) 14 August 1773 citizen of the world citizen of the world We must take our friends as they are. diary, 25...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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2012
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...0James James Boswell 1740 – 95 Scottish lawyer ; biographer of Samuel johnson We [ Boswell and Johnson ] are both Tories ; both convinced of the utility of monarchical power, and both lovers of that reverence and affection for a sovereign which constitute loyalty, a principle which I take to be absolutely extinguished in Britain. Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides 13 September 1773 both Tories utility of monarchical ...

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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2006
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...James Boswell 1740 – 95 British biographer and diarist After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, ‘I refute it thus .’ Entry for Saturday 6th...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0James James Boswell 1740 – 95 Scottish lawyer ; companion and biographer of Samuel johnson . On Boswell: see macaulay , walpole ; see also macaulay I think there is a blossom about me of something more distinguished than the generality of mankind. Boswell's London Journal (ed. F. A. Pottle, 1950) 20 January 1763 blossom about me I am, I flatter myself, completely a citizen of the world. In my travels through Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Corsica, France, I never felt myself from home. Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (ed. F. A....

Boswell, James, Jr.

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Tom Matheson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., James, Jr. ( 1778–1822 ), third son of James Boswell , Johnson ’s biographer. He collaborated with Edmond Malone and completed his unfinished edition of Shakespeare, the so-called Third Variorum or ‘Boswell’s Malone’ of 1821 (21 vols.), significant for its size and its exhaustive and systematic coverage of all current Shakespearian facts and problems. Tom...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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(1740–1795) Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and authorThe Cub at Newmarket (1762) FictionDorando (1767) FictionAn Account of Corsica (1768) Non-FictionThe Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with ...
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William E. Boswell, Andrew Stiller, and James Bash

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...Monodrama “Flower and Hawk” by Carlisle Floyd (diss., U. of Texas, Austin, 1980) A. Porter : “Musical Events: Down in the Valley,” New Yorker , lviii (5 April 1982), 172ff R.H. Kornick : Recent American Opera: a Production Guide (New York, 1991), 102–8 William E. Boswell / Andrew Stiller / James...

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