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Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

James Boswell and Paul Tankard

Abstract

James Boswell (1740–1795), best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson, was also a lawyer, journalist, diarist, and an insightful chronicler of a pivotal epoch in Western history. This book presents a generous and varied selection of Boswell's journalistic writings, most of which have not been published since the eighteenth century. It offers a new angle on the history of journalism, an idiosyncratic view of literature, politics, and public life in late eighteenth-century Britain, and an original perspective on a complex and engaging literary personality.

Keywords: James Boswell, Samuel Johnson, journalism, public life, eighteenth-century Britain, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300141269
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300141269.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Boswell, author
University of Otago

Paul Tankard, editor

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