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Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

John Radner


This book examines the fluctuating, close, and complex friendship enjoyed by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, from the day they met in 1763 to the day when Boswell published his monumental Life of Johnson. Drawing on everything Johnson and Boswell wrote to and about the other, it charts the psychological currents that flowed between them as they scripted and directed their time together, questioned and advised, confided and held back. The book explores the key longings and shifting tensions that distinguished this from each man's other long-term friendships, while it tracks in detail how John ... More

Keywords: Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, long-term friendships, breaks, reconnections, silences, intimacies, continuities, transformations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178753
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178753.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Radner, author