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A Week in Literary History

October 29th, 2002

Scottish biographer James Boswell (The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D., 1791) is born in Edinburgh in 1740.

James Boswell, b. October 29, 1740, d. 1795

In his biography of the incomparable Samuel Johnson, Boswell virtually created a new form and also brought to life one of the most vivid men of his time. The discovery in the 1920s of a cache of his private papers led to the publication of a dozen books of diaries and letters, which taken collectively give us our best view and understanding of the eighteenth century in England.

Suggested Reading Works Account of Corsica, 1768. The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, 1785. Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791. Journals 12 volumes, from Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-63 to Boswell: The Great Biographer, 1789-93.

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