Synopses & Reviews
Notoriously and self-confessedly intemperate, James Boswell shared with his friend Samuel Johnson a huge appetite for 18th-century life and threw equal energy into recording its every aspect in his vivacious daily JOURNALS. The result is a masterpiece that brims with wit, anecdote and originality and still today continues to enjoy its status as a classic of the language.
In James Boswell's biography, Samuel Johnson emerges as a sociable figure with a huge appetite for life, crossing swords with other great 18th-century luminaries, from Garrick and Goldsmith to Burney and Burke - even his long-suffering friend and disciple, James Boswell himself.
Notoriously and self-confessedly intemperate, Boswell shared with Johnson a huge appetite for life and threw equal energy into recording its every aspect in minute but telling detail. This irrepressible Scotsman was 'always studying human nature and making experiments', and the marvelously vivacious Journals he wrote daily furnished him with first-rate material when he came to write his biography.