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Facts and InventionsSelections from the Journalism of James Boswell$
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James Boswell and Paul Tankard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300141269

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300141269.001.0001

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The Lives of Johnson

The Lives of Johnson

(p.222) 4 The Lives of Johnson
Facts and Inventions

James Boswell

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James Boswell had long wanted to write about the life of Samuel Johnson. For years, as his friendship with Johnson became stronger, he was able to collect material about his friend and record their conversations. After the death of Johnson, bookseller Charles Dilly asked Boswell if he would be the editor of the works of Johnson and write about his life. This chapter focuses on Boswell's attempts to write about Johnson while at the same time practice law, attend to his political ambitions, and take care of his family in Scotland. His work Life of Johnson was very successful. Boswell's friendship with Johnson and his mastery in writing were essential in his success as the biographer of Johnson.

Keywords:   James Boswell, Charles Dilly, Scotland, law, politics, biographer

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