James Boswell (1740-1795) - advocate, traveller, journalist, Scotsman and author of that most amazing book, the Life of Johnson. This site is dedicated to the life of Boswell.
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Earlier this year, Mike Collier, a British-born author based for some years in the Baltic country of Latvia, published "Up The Baltick" - a journal of Boswell and Johnson's hitherto unknown journey through the Baltic countries in 1778. The full name of the book is actually "Up The Baltick: The rediscovered journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson to Esthonia, Livonia and Kurland in the year...Read more
I recently received a mail from a site visitor, who had discovered from Boswell's original birth certificate that he was actually born on October 18, 1740 and not on October 29, 1740 as is generally thought. There is, however, a perfectly good explanation for this apparent discrepancy. When Boswell was born in 1740, the United Kingdom was one of a few European countries still using the so-called...Read more
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in cooperation with the University of Glasgow have made the entire collection of the consultation letters of renowned 18th century Edinburgh physician Dr. William Cullen available online. One such letter was written by Boswell requesting medical advice for his friend Dr. Johnson shortly before Johnson's death in 1784. It has taken a massive effort to...Read more