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The Lives of Johnson

James Boswell

in Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

James Boswell had long wanted to write about the life of Samuel Johnson. For years, as his friendship with Johnson became stronger, he was able to collect material about his friend and record their ... More


Boswell and the Scotticism

Pat Rogers

in Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182597
eISBN:
9780191673832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182597.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter deals with Scotticism, which is a markedly idiomatic use of the language by Scots, either in writing or in speech. Boswell was not alone in his worries over Scotticism. It plagued ... More


Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

James Boswell

Paul Tankard (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

James Boswell (1740–1795), best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson, was also a lawyer, journalist, diarist, and an insightful chronicler of a pivotal epoch in Western history. This book ... More


The Rampager

James Boswell

in Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

James Boswell wrote essays in the form of letters for the Public Advertiser, owned by Henry Sampson Woodfall, under the name “Rampager”. This chapter looks at the genius of Boswell in exploring the ... More


Reports and Interviews

James Boswell

in Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

James Boswell's intentions when he wrote his “inventions” for the press were seldom viewed as libelous or serious. He did not want to alter the direction of events, or in fact even to be believed. ... More


Taking Charge of Boswell (1763)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter considers the following questions: What did Johnson and Boswell each make of the other when they met on 16 May 1763, and what did each get from their time together during the next twelve ... More


“Perpetual Friendship”? (1764–1767)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes Johnson and Boswell's friendship from 1764 to 1767. During this period the two friends saw each other for only a few days in February 1766. When they were not near each other, ... More


Execution Intelligence

James Boswell

in Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

James Boswell claimed that he was able to attend all the public executions in London and Edinburgh. This fascination of his caused him to earn a reputation as a habitual execution goer. This chapter ... More


Essays and Letters

James Boswell

in Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300141269
eISBN:
9780300210941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300141269.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter notes that James Boswell apparently had no intention to establish himself as an intellectual of a particular point of view. This position is best exemplified through his use of different ... More


Collaboration Manqué (November 1773 to May 1775)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland as a response to Boswell's journal, and also as part of Johnson's effort to keep this journal out of circulation. Boswell ... More


Jostling for Control (1768–1771)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes Johnson and Boswell's friendship from 1768 to 1771. The pair spent time together in the spring of 1768 and the fall of 1769. The power struggles between them caused each one to ... More


“Strangers to Each Other” (May 1778 to March 1781)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the changes in Johnson and Boswell's friendship between May 1778 and March 1781. A key drama in their friendship was Boswell's constant need for proof of Johnson's love and ... More


Boswell Claiming His Inheritance (1786–1791)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter details Boswell's writing of Johnson's biography. By examining the journal entries and letters Boswell wrote as he drafted and then revised the Life, by studying how he modified entries ... More


New Collaborations (1772)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the collaborations between Johnson and Boswell in 1772. During a visit to London in the spring, Johnson began preparing Boswell to write his Life. But even before Boswell's ... More


Renegotiating the Friendship, Part 1 (1775–1777): Depression, Defiance, and Dependency

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the changes in Johnson and Boswell's friendship from 1775 to 1777. These include Boswell's intense and sustained depression; his defiance after learning that Johnson failed to ... More


Renegotiating the Friendship, Part 2 (1777–1778): Confrontation, Collaboration, and Celebration

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the changes in Johnson and Boswell's friendship from 1777 to 1778. It details their Ashbourne visit in September 1777 and their London visit in March 1778. Because of what they ... More


“Some Time Together before We Are Parted” (March 1783 to May 1784)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the changes in Johnson and Boswell's friendship from March 1783 to May 1784. It details Boswell's visit to London from 21 March through 30 May 1783; Boswell's quest for ... More


Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

John Radner

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This book examines the fluctuating, close, and complex friendship enjoyed by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, from the day they met in 1763 to the day when Boswell published his monumental Life of ... More


Reconnecting (1781–1783)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes how the deaths of others challenged the friendship of Johnson and Boswell. The death of Henry Thrale in April 1781 left Johnson uncertain about his connection with the family ... More


“Love Me as Well as You Can” (1784)

John Radner

in Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178753
eISBN:
9780300189087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178753.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter focuses on Boswell's move to London in 1784, mainly to attend to the ailing Johnson. Johnson appreciated Boswell's company and attention, which he mentioned in four letters written ... More


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