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  1. James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (/ ˈ b ɒ z w ɛ l,-w əl /; 29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish biographer, diarist, and lawyer, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for his biography of his friend and older contemporary, the English writer Samuel Johnson , which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the ...

  2. May 15, 2023 · James Boswell, (born October 18 [October 29, New Style], 1740, Edinburgh, Scotland—died May 19, 1795, London, England), friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson (Life of Johnson, 2 vol., 1791). The 20th-century publication of his journals proved him to be also one of the world’s greatest diarists.

  3. Who Was James Boswell? James Boswell (1740-1795) James Boswell sprang from an ancient Ayrshire family, which had been settled at Auchinleck since the sixteenth century. He was born in Edinburgh in 1740 where his father, who became Lord Auchinleck, was a Judge in the Supreme Court of Scotland.

  4. James Boswell, (born Oct. 29, 1740, Edinburgh, Scot.—died May 19, 1795, London, Eng.), Scottish friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson. Boswell, a lawyer, met Johnson in 1763 and visited him often (1772–84), making a superlatively detailed record in his journals of Johnson’s conversations.

  5. Jun 13, 2012 · A man famously indelicate in his choice of female companions was one James Boswell, best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson. Born into a family of lowland Scots gentry in 1740, he was heir...

  6. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., generally regarded as the greatest of English biographies, written by James Boswell and published in two volumes in 1791. Boswell, a 22-year-old lawyer from Scotland, first met the 53-year-old Samuel Johnson in 1763, and they were friends

  7. James Boswell (1740-1795) - advocate, traveller, journalist, Scotsman and author of that most amazing book, the Life of Johnson. James Boswell as painted in 1765 by George Willison. Born on the 29th of October, 1740 in Edinburgh, James Boswell became known for his friendship with Dr Johnson, his Account of Corsica (1768) and in the last years ...

  8. In 1786 Boswell was called to the English bar from the Inner Temple and moved his family to London. Thereafter he had almost no legal practice. His principal business was the writing of the Life of Johnson, which he worked at irregularly but with anxious attention. Though straitened in income, Boswell gave his children expensive educations.

  9. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) by James Boswell is a biography of English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson. The work was from the beginning a critical and popular success, and represents a landmark in the development of the modern genre of biography.

  10. 37 likes Like “ [Dr. Johnson thought that] Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.” ― James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

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