Synopses & Reviews
James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson
is the most celebrated of all biographies, acknowledged as one of the greatest and most entertaining books in the English language. Yet Boswell himself has generally been considered little more than an idiot and condemned by posterity as a lecher and drunk. How could such a fool have written such a book? With great wit, Adam Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task-the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his great mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write The Life of Samuel Johnson
"Extraordinarily gripping...Sisman skillfully takes us into the biographer's workshop." —The New York Review of Books
"Smart and very readable...a highly affecting portrait of Boswell the writer." —The New York Times Book Review
"[A] sparkling, companionable, and intelligent account...Sisman's approach is attractive and stimulating to anybody interested in the ethics of biography writing." —The Atlantic Monthly
With great wit, Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task--the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write "The Life of Samuel Johnson."
About the Author
Adam Sisman is the author of A. J. P. Taylor: A Biography. He lives with his wife, the novelist Robyn Sisman, and their two children.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Part One: Life Lived
Part Two: Life Written
Part Three: Life Published
List of Abbreviation Used in the Notes