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.

Read more about James Boswell.

Some articles on James Boswell:

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 ...
King Of The Gypsies - England - Boswells - James Boswell
... yard, was 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 ... A tradition 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 ...
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 ...
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. 1817 – 1909), Cornish Gipsy James Boswell (1740 – 1795), Scottish lawyer, diarist, author, and biographer of Samuel Johnson James Griffin Boswell (1882 – 1952), American ...

Famous quotes containing the words james boswell, boswell and/or james:

    His mind resembled the vast amphitheatre, the Colisæum at Rome. In the centre stood his judgement, which, like a mighty gladiator, combated those apprehensions that, like the wild beasts of the Arena, were all around the cells, ready to be let out upon him. After a conflict, he drove them back into their dens; but not killing them, they were still assailing him.
    James Boswell (1740–1795)

    You played a party with a prince and Miss de Zuylen. You was shocked, or rather offended, with her unlimited vivacity.
    —James Boswell (1740–1795)

    When the Revolutionaries ran short of gun wadding the Rev. James Caldwell ... broke open the church doors and seized an armful of Watts’ hymnbooks. The preacher threw them to the soldiers and shouted, “Give ‘em Watts, boys—give ‘em Watts!”
    —For the State of New Jersey, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)