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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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 ...
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 ...
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. 1817 – 1909), Cornish Gipsy James Boswell (1740 – 1795), Scottish lawyer, diarist, author, and biographer of Samuel Johnson James Griffin Boswell (1 ...
King Of The Gypsies - England - Boswells - James Boswell
... a stone, 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 ... was reported 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 tomb ...

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