James boswell london journal analysis

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james boswell london journal analysis

London Journal, 1762-1763 by James Boswell

In 1762 James Boswell, then twenty-two years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth-century London. This new edition includes an introduction by Peter Ackroyd, which discusses Boswell’s life and achievement.

“Boswell was the most charming companion in the world, and London becomes his dining-room and his playground, his club and his confessional. No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book.”—Peter Ackroyd, from the introduction. 

“Boswell was the most charming companion in the world, and London becomes his dining-room and his playground, his club and his confessional. No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book.”—Peter Ackroyd, from the Introduction. 

Praise for the earlier edition:

[The journal is] more perceptive and uninhibited and magically alive than one could have hoped. . . . Boswell transforms the most trifling occurrences into adventures, and imparts to the reader his own surpassing lust for experience and his keen sense of the fascination of life.—Austin Wright, Virginia Quarterly Review  

The journal is admirably edited and annotated.”—W. H. Auden, New Yorker


The late Frederick Pottle, Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University, was editor, bibliographer, and biographer of James Boswell. Peter Ackroyd is the author of London: The Biography, The Life of Thomas More, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, and many other books.
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London Journal, 1762-1763

Boswell's London Journal was the first part of Boswell's journals that was made available to a larger audience, except for edited excerpts that Boswell himself published as parts of his Life of Johnson and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. It covers the time from November 15, , to August 4, , beginning with Boswell's departure from Edinburgh, and ending with his last day in London before leaving for the continent, not to return until The book is amusing and educating, and a great glimpse of life in society circles in 18th century London. In addition to the standard hardback edition, a deluxe edition was printed in a stronger cover, better print and coming with a bookcase. A special deluxe version printed in just 1, numbered copies was also published, to which was prefixed Boswell's Journal of my Jaunt, Harvest This journal begins on September 14, , and ends with November 14, , covering his tour of southern Scotland to visit friends and family. This first journal is not available anywhere else.

A vast, international and unrivalled collection of diary extracts - from over 1, diarists. Post a Comment. Tuesday, May 19, Young Boswell in London. Indeed, he kept diaries for most of his life. Two of his travel diaries - one about Corsica and another, with Samuel Johnson, about the Hebrides - were published in his lifetime, and very much helped develop his literary career, which was to culminate with a biography of Johnson. Boswell was born in Edinburgh in into a strict family, his father, Lord Auchinleck, being a lawyer and eventually a senior judge, and his mother a Calvinist.

Make sense of a disrupted world. John McDermott. Report a mispronounced word. Samuel Johnson is widely considered the singular London figure. Massive and melancholic, the writer was at the belly of literary life in the 18th century. But for me it is his biographer, James Boswell, who best encapsulates the enduring attraction of this furious city.

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James Boswell 's London Journal is a published version of the daily journal he kept between the years and while in London. Along with many more of his private papers, it was found in the s at Malahide Castle in Ireland , and was first published in , in an edition by Frederick A. In it, Boswell, then a young Scotsman of 22, visits London for his second time. One of the most notable events in the journal is Boswell's meeting on 16 May, Samuel Johnson , the famous writer, moralist, and lexicographer with whom Boswell would form a close relationship, eventually writing the biography The Life of Samuel Johnson. The journal relates with much detail and candour his frequent and casual use of prostitutes. One of the more notorious events related is Boswell's meeting his mistress Louisa, whom he believes has given him gonorrhea :. I have but too strong, too plain reason to doubt of your regard.

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