Research edition: Correspondence

General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763

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The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763

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Year of 1st publication: 

2006

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Front cover of the General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763This volume contains the bulk of the surviving letters between Boswell and his friends and acquaintances in his years as a young adult. It contains his correspondance with actor West Digges, his many exchanges with Andrew Erskine (which were published in an edited form by the two as early as 1763) , as well as his early correspondence with Dr. Johnson.

"Overall, these letters document Boswell's fluid experiments in selfhood as he ponders his life's future possible trajectories - as soldier, lawyer, wit, author, bon-vivant, Scots lairds, or M.P. - and records, and tests against other sensibilities, his fascination with the unfolding drama of his existence."1

  • 1. According to the introduction in the cover.

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The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763 was first published in 2006 as the ninth installment in the Research Series of correspondence in the Yale Boswell Editions. 

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General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1766-1767

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The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1766-1769, Volume 1: 1766-1767

Year of 1st publication: 

1993

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This very interesting volume includes Boswell's correspondence with a number of the friends and acquaintances he made while studying in Holland 1763-64 and on his Grand Tour 1764-1766. Among them are the philosopher Rousseau, the Corsican rebel General Pasquale Paoli, the Rev. Robert Brown, the Lord Marischal, George Keith, Boswell's Italian love interest Girolama Piccolimini and his remote Dutch cousin Francis van Sommelsdyck.

Other domestic correspondents include Godfrey Bosville, Lord Chatham (William Pitt the Elder), commissioner Basil Cochrane, actor and book seller Thomas Davies, Sir Alexander Dick, Lady Elizabeth Macfarlane, Lord Mountstuart, and Sir John Pringle.

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Correspondence and Other Papers Relating to the Making of the Life of Johnson

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The Correspondence and Other Papers of James Boswell Relating to the Making of the Life of Johnson

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Year of 1st publication: 

1969

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This volume is available in two editions. In 2001 was published a revised and expanded edition of the original 1969 volume.

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Both editions are usually available via AbeBooks.com.

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Correspondence of James Boswell and John Johnston

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The Correspondence of James Boswell and John Johnston of Grange

Year of 1st publication: 

1966

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This first volume in the Research Edition series contains all of Boswell's known correspondence with his close friend through 30 years, John Johnston of Grange. It also contains a number of letters between Boswell and other correspondents, concerning Johnston and his affairs, following his death in July 1786.

Three appendixes are included. One on The Johnstons of Grange, one concerning Johnston's age (which has been the subject of some speculation) and one concerning Lines possibly contributed by Boswell and Erskine to The North Briton, No. 41

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