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Description - The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763 by James Boswell

This volume contains more than 150 letters, verse epistles and other items, following the young Boswell from his exhilarated association with the Edinburgh theatre to the end of his second visit to London, during which he had his life-changing first meeting with Samuel Johnson. Among his many and various correspondents are the Irish actor and elocutionist Thomas Sheridan, William McQuhae, later eminent in the Scottish church, and the rakish Alexander Montgomerie, who first introduced Boswell to the life of a London man of pleasure. Central to the volume is Boswell's correspondence with his lively fellow Scot Andrew Erskine. Their personal letters challenged contemporary notions of propriety in publication, and dismayed, among others, Boswell's strict father. The Erskine-Boswell letters published here amount in effect to a modern edition of the first of Boswell's publications to bear his name, one which anticipated the later techniques of self-revision found in his major Johnsonian biographical works. Comprehensively annotated, the letters offer a detailed picture of British life in the mid-18th century, and help fill out the context in which Boswell wrote his now most popularly read portion of diary, the "London Journal, 1762-1763".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748618057
ISBN-10: 0748618058
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 568
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Boswell

James J. Caudle is Associate Editor of the Yale Boswell Edition.

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