A Life of James Boswell

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Yale University Press, Apr 30, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 613 pages
"Born in Edinburgh, the 'Athens of the North', a Scot who hated living in Scotland and nourished a lifelong love affair with London, Boswell was biographer, journalist, laird, advocate, social lion, incurable rake, lover, life of the party, traveller, steadfast friend, endearing charmer, exhibitionist fool, and drunken sot. In this moving biography, Peter Martin assesses Boswell's literary achievements and uncovers the pulsating and dynamic world he thrived in, from the royal courts and the drawing rooms of fashionable ladies and gentlemen to the fleshpots of London's unsavoury underworld and the chambers of the insane. He also poignantly reveals a man in agony, easily misunderstood, relentlessly plagued by hypochondria or melancholia, buffeted like a straw in the wind by a multitude of anxieties and 'horrible imaginings'."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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A LIFE OF JAMES BOSWELL

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A biography of the author of the definitive biography.Martin (English/Principia Coll.) careens through the life of Boswell, a task made both easier and more difficult by the fact that Bozzy himself ... Read full review

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We think of Boswell as one of the renowned biographers in the English language, so a biographer OF him faces a high hurdle. Peter Martin does a fine job, primarily because Boswell left such a plethora ... Read full review

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Page 15 - He who has nothing external that can divert him must find pleasure in his own thoughts, and must conceive himself what he is not; for who is pleased with what he is? He then expatiates in boundless futurity, and culls from all imaginable conditions that which for the present moment he should most desire, amuses his desires with impossible enjoyments, and confers upon his pride unattainable dominion. The mind dances from scene to scene, unites all pleasures in all combinations, and riots in delights...

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Peter Martin lectures at Principia College, Illinois.

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