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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.
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About Samuel Johnson
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.
About James Boswell
James Boswell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1740. He attended the University of Glasgow and is now considered one of the greatest biographers in the history of Western literature. He died in 1795.
Published by Penguin Classics Sep 04, 1984| 432 Pages| ISBN 9780140432213