James Boswell

Standard Name: Boswell, James,, 1740 - 1795
Indexed Name: James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck
Used Form: Bozzy


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Cultural formation Hannah Cullwick
To all eyes she lived as Munby's servant; she often still slept in the basement kitchen. In the evenings, however, she played the role of a lady wife, sitting with Munby in the parlour, conversing...
Cultural formation Samuel Johnson
James Boswell recorded a crushing response made by SJ as part of his account of hearing Margaret Bell , c. 1708-77, a Quaker minister, preach at Lombard Street meeting.
Lustig, Irma S. “The Myth of Johnson’s Misogyny in the Life of Johnson: Another View”. Boswell in Scotland and Beyond, edited by Thomas Crawford and Thomas Crawford, Association for Scottish Literary Studies.
Dedications Janet Little
She offered to dedicate the book to James Boswell , who suggested the child aristocrat instead. Few copies now contain the dedication.
Brady, Frank. James Boswell, the Later Years, 1769-1795. Heinemann.
464, 572
Burns helped to drum up subscribers, who numbered in the end...
Education Patricia Highsmith
PH went to various schools. She was removed from her first NewYork public school because her grandmother objected to her making friends with black children. Then came a small and select private school which she...
Education Mary Palmer
Mary showed an early talent for drawing which influenced the development of her brother Joshua.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
She and her next sister, Elizabeth, did little things in visual art (in the condescending phrase of James Boswell )...
Education Evelyn Sharp
ES received her first education at home, from her sisters Ethel, Bertha, and Mabel (the eldest), who taught the younger ones Bible stories on Sundays. At the same time she imbibed from her brothers the...
Family and Intimate relationships Eglinton Wallace
EW impressed James Boswell with her poems, but also disgusted him by what he called her indelicacy,
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Boswell, James. Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck, 1778-1782. Editors Reed, Joseph W. and Frederick A. Pottle, McGraw-Hill.
a criticism which one of his editors attributes to her independence and her ability to give...
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Scott
Caroline's father, born Archibald James Edward Stewart , was the son of a duke's daughter (though this identity became a matter for dispute). He was one of two claimants to the landed estates of his...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Seward
James Boswell seems to have attempted seducing AS . Though she granted him the lock of her hair which he begged in May 1784 (still in existence, still auburn in colour),
Brady, Frank. James Boswell, the Later Years, 1769-1795. Heinemann.
she discerned and...
Family and Intimate relationships Hannah More
Johnson and Boswell paid a visit to the school run by HM 's sisters in Bristol.
Jones, Mary Gwladys. Hannah More. Cambridge University Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Hannah More
Others who were said to have proposed to her but been rejected were John Langhorne , rector of Blagdon in Somerset, and the already elderly Lord Monboddo . More and Langhorne remained friends, and he...
Friends, Associates Ivy Compton-Burnett
Liddell was to remain one of ICB 's close friends. She maintained a benevolent, almost aunt-like relationship with him, and although resident abroad he was an important source of support after Jourdain's death. He later...
Friends, Associates Maria Riddell
She had already by this date, on a visit to London, met Boswell , the biographer, and found him a stranger biped than any she knew.
MacNaughton, Angus. Burns’ Mrs Riddell. A Biography. Volturna Press.
By this time, too, her political contacts included...
Friends, Associates Margaret Bingham, Countess Lucan
She was a well-known figure in London cultural circles, particularly that of the Bluestockings. Charles Burney called her at-home evenings blue conversazioni's and Horace Walpole called them quite Mazarine-blue. Others specifically mentioned in...
Friends, Associates Anna Williams
James Boswell found Williams increasingly unfriendly and grumpy (though at his first encounter with her he thought her agreeable and jokey—facetious).
Larsen, Lyle. Dr. Johnson’s Household. Archon Books.
Because of her blindness she ate with her fingers instead of...


15 November 1762-3 August 1763: Beginning on the day on which he left Scotland...

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15 November 1762-3 August 1763

Beginning on the day on which he left Scotland for London, James Boswell kept the journal which was eventually published as London Journal.

February 1768: James Boswell published his composite work...

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February 1768

James Boswell published his composite work on the Corsican liberation struggle: An Account of Corsica; the Journal of a Tour to that Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli.

11 April 1773: Boswell asked Johnson the reason why women...

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11 April 1773

Boswell asked Johnson the reason why women servants were paid so much less than men, although the opposite would seem to reflect natural justice; Johnson had no answer.

3 April 1775: Lord Pembroke told James Boswell about a...

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3 April 1775

Lord Pembroke told James Boswell about a London brothel in the habit of employing exclusively black women (it had recently gone mixed).

15 January 1778: A Scottish court found in favour of Joseph...

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15 January 1778

A Scottish court found in favour of Joseph Knight , a slave of African origin who had been brought to Scotland and now sued for his liberty. In effect this abolished slavery in Scotland: a...

1 October 1785: The year after Johnson's death, Boswell published...

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1 October 1785

The year after Johnson 's death, Boswell published The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides.

April 1791: The month before the appearance of his Life...

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April 1791

The month before the appearance of his Life of Samuel Johnson , and as parliament debated the bill to abolish slavery, James Boswell published a long poem entitled No Abolition of Slavery; or, The Universal...

16 May 1791: James Boswell published The Life of Samuel...

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16 May 1791

James Boswell published The Life of Samuel Johnson, on the twenty-eighth anniversary of the day that he and Johnson first met.

28 December 1817: The painter Benjamin Haydon held what later...

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28 December 1817

The painter Benjamin Haydon held what later became known as the immortal dinner so that the young John Keats might meet the eminent William Wordsworth .

February 1906: Publisher J. M. Dent launched Everyman's...

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February 1906

Publisher J. M. Dent launched Everyman's Library, aiming to reprint 1,000 classic titles: the first year's 155 volumes included Æschylus , Shakespeare , Jane Austen practically complete,
Clair, Colin. A Chronology of Printing. Cassell.
and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu .


Boswell, James. Boswell for the Defence, 1769-1774. Editor Pottle, Frederick A., William Heinemann, 1960.
Boswell, James. Boswell in Extremes, 1776-1778. Editors Weis, Charles McC. and Frederick A. Pottle, McGraw-Hill, 1970.
Boswell, James. Boswell in Search of a Wife, 1766-1769. Editors Brady, Frank and Frederick A. Pottle, 1957.
Boswell, James. Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Editors Hill, George Birkbeck and Laurence Fitzroy Powell, Clarendon, 1934.
Boswell, James. Boswell’s London Journal. Editor Pottle, Frederick A., Heinemann, 1950.
Boswell, James. Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763. Editor Pottle, Frederick A., William Heinemann, 1950.
Boswell, James. Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck, 1778-1782. Editors Reed, Joseph W. and Frederick A. Pottle, McGraw-Hill, 1977.
Boswell, James. Boswell: The Applause of the Jury 1782-1785. Editors Pottle, Frederick A. and Irma S. Lustig, William Heinemann, 1981.
Boswell, James. Boswell: The English Experiment, 1785-1789. Editors Lustig, Irma S. and Frederick A. Pottle, Heinemann, 1986.
Boswell, James. Boswell: The Ominous Years, 1774-1776. Editors Ryskamp, Charles and Frederick A. Pottle, William Heinemann, 1963.
Boswell, James, and John David Fleeman. Life of Johnson. Editor Chapman, Robert William, Oxford University Press, 1970.
Boswell, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson. Editor Croker, John Wilson, Vol.
5 vols
, John Murray, 1831.