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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


Winning Johnson's Blessing

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/9780300178753.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses how Boswell's need for Johnson's understanding and forgiveness is reflected in Life. Having failed to receive a blessing in Johnson's final letter, and having not been ... More


Literary Leviathans: Johnson, Boswell, and the 1790s

John Owen Havard

in Disaffected Parties: Political Estrangement and the Making of English Literature, 1760-1830

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198833130
eISBN:
9780191881558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833130.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter shows how Samuel Johnson’s authorial persona focalized a larger crisis of political and literary authority during the period spanning the American War and the French Revolution. Where ... 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


The Slave and the Lawyers: Francis Barber, James Boswell and John Hawkins

Michael Bundock

in Britain's Black Past

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781789621600
eISBN:
9781800341135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621600.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter, written by Michael Bundock, describes competing portrayals of Francis Barber, the Jamaican manservant and friend of writer Samuel Johnson who worked in his household for the better part ... More


Introduction

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/9780300178753.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the friendship between Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. It also sets out the book's purpose, which is to chart the friendship from the moment Johnson and Boswell ... More


Lichfield

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on Francis Barber’s move to Lichfield following Samuel Johnson’s death. Johnson’s legacy left Barber independent and well-off, allowing him to make his own choices and to put ... More


“The Dunghill of the Universe”

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter speculates on the life of Francis Barber based on the biography written by James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson. According to Boswell, Barber was born in Jamaica and came to England ... More


Boswellizing an Icon: Stravinsky, Craft, and the Historian's Dilemma

Charles M. Joseph

in Stravinsky Inside Out

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300075373
eISBN:
9780300129366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300075373.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter looks at the historiography surrounding Igor Stravinsky's life and career and attempts to answer queries as to how much of it is true, and how much of it is myth and legend. It relates ... More


Literary Criticism: A New History

Gary Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748615636
eISBN:
9780748652099
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615636.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Did you know that Aristotle thought the best tragedies were those which ended happily? Or that the first mention of the motor car in literature may have been in 1791, in James Boswell's Life of ... More


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