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A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Penguin English Library)

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"I mentioned our design to Voltaire," wrote Boswell. "He looked at me as if I had talked of going to the North Pole …"

As it turned out, Johnson enjoyed their Scottish journey (although the land was not quite so wild and barbaric as perhaps he had hoped), and Boswell delighted in it. The year was 1773, they were sixty-three and thirty-two years old, and had been friends for ten years.

Their journals, published together here, perfectly complement each other. Johnson's majestic prose and hawk eye for curious detail take in everything from the stone arrowheads found in the Hebrides, to the 'medicinal' waters of Loch Ness and 'the mischiefs of emigration'. Meanwhile, it is very lucky that as Johnson was observing Scotland, Boswell was observing Johnson. His record is perceptive, highly entertaining and full of sardonic wit; for him, as for us, it is an appetizer for The Life of Johnson.

About the Author

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was the leading literary scholar and critic of his time. A writer of vigor, power, passion, and profundity, he helped to shape and define the Augustan Age.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140432213
Editor:
Levi, Peter
With:
Boswell, James
With:
Boswell, James
Author:
Boswell, James
Author:
Johnson, Samuel
Author:
Levi, Peter
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Europe - Gt. Britain/Scotland
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Early works to 1800
Subject:
Authors, Scottish
Subject:
Authors, English -- 18th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Scotland Description and travel Early works to 1800.
Subject:
Highlands
Subject:
Hebrides
Subject:
Western Isles
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Highlands (Scotland) Description and travel.
Subject:
Scotland Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel-Great Britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
The Penguin English library
Series Volume:
233
Publication Date:
19840931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.80x5.10x.79 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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