Who is James Boswell?

  • (noun): Scottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (1740-1795).
    Synonyms: Boswell

James Boswell

James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.

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King Of The Gypsies - England - Boswells - James Boswell
... the two ends of which are now remaining, where was interred the body of James Bosvill the King of the Gypsies, who died January 30, 1708 ... A legend says that Boswell lived in Sherwood Forest helping travellers and Gypsies ... of annual visits to the grave of Charles Boswell near Doncaster for more than 100 years into the 1820s, including a rite of pouring a flagon of hot ale into the ...
James Boswell - Published Journals
... Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763 Boswell in Holland, 1763-1764, including his correspondence with Belle de Zuylen (ZeÌlide) Boswell on the Grand Tour Germany and Switzerland, 1764 Boswell on the Grand Tour ...
Boswell (surname)
... Boswell is a Scottish family name and may refer to the following individuals Alexander Boswell (1706 – 1782), judge of the Scottish supreme court and father of James Boswell Sir Alexander Boswell (1775 – 1822), a. 1817 – 1909), Cornish Gipsy James Boswell (1740 – 1795), Scottish lawyer, diarist, author, and biographer of Samuel Johnson James Griffin Boswell (1882 – 1952), American ...
Ayton, Scottish Borders - James Boswell
... The Scottish diarist and author James Boswell, biographer of Samuel Johnson passed through Ayton on his journey to London on 15 November 1762 ...

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    Writing a book I have found to be like building a house. A man forms a plan, and collects materials. He thinks he has enough to raise a large and stately edifice; but after he has arranged, compacted and polished, his work turns out to be a very small performance. The authour however like the builder, knows how much labour his work has cost him; and therefore estimates it at a higher rate than other people think it deserves,
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