Trade edition: Journal

Boswell in Extremes 1776-1778

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Boswell in Extremes 1776-1778

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1970

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Boswell in Extremes 1776-1778{description of this volume is forthcoming}

According to a review in The College English Critic, "... there can be no denying that in the process of reading this engrossing and splendidly produced book we engage ourselves with a breathing, suffering, hoping, all-too-human fellow creature ... if Boswell's journal be not literature, where is literature to be found?"

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This is one of the volumes of the Boswell journals that is hardest to find. Possibly Boswell's account of his interview with the dying philosopher David Hume has made it made interesting to a larger than usual audience. Some copies are usually for sale at AbeBooks.com

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Boswell: The Ominous Years 1774-1776

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Boswell: The Ominous Years 1774-1776

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1963

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{description of this volume is forthcoming}

According to a review in New York Herald Tribune, the book "has all the unpredictable variety of those earlier installments - variety of scene, of situation, of supporting cast, of topics canvassed in earnest conversation."

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Usually available via AbeBooks.com.

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Boswell for the Defence 1769-1774

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Boswell for the Defence 1769-1774

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This volume covers Boswell's first years as a "true adult", having recently been married to Margaret Montgomerie, and having estalished himself as an advocate in his native Edinburgh. In the words of co-editor William Wimsatt, "[i]t gives us in succession the model young husband and professional man, the adventurer returning to literary associations and the ways of the southern metropolis, and then the Scots advocate in a summer session. Energetic conversationalist, steady drinker, and anguished pleader of a desperate cause. We have, in short, Boswell the "Benedict," Boswell at the Club, Boswell Agonistes."


The 1989 play Boswell of the Defence starring Leo McKern, which is planned to be adapted into a movie starring Steve Coogan in 2015, does not have anything to do with this volume of Boswell's journals, rather it is a fictionalised account of Boswell taking place in 1793, based on his defence of convict Mary Bryant.

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Boswell for the Defence was published simltaneously by William Heinemann Ltd. (UK) and McGraw-Hill (US) in 1960, and was released in two editions, a standard edition and a limited deluxe edition in 350 numbered copies. 

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Boswell in Search of a Wife 1766-1769

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Boswell in Search of a Wife 1766-1769

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1756

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In this volume we follow Boswell from his return from his grand tour of Europe until his marriage in 1769, in what was probably some of the happiest years of his life. During the course of the book he graduates as an advocate, he gets involved in the Douglas cause, he publishes both Dorando and the hugely successful Account of Corsica, he travels to Ireland in search of a wife, and finally ends up marrying his own cousin Margaret Montgomerie.

Boswell apparently ceased to write a full journal upon his return from Europe in early 1766. The year of 1766 is therefore mostly illustrated by some of his letters to and from William Temple, Samuel Johnson, David Dalrymple and William Pitt. In early 1767 he again began to write a journal, although not as detailed as his earlier ones. He continued this until June 3, 1767 after which no further journal entries are known until January 1, 1768 - which may be either due to his ceasing to write once again, or it may have been lost. Several journal fragments from January 1 until May 22, 1768 are then included, followed by another pause in the journal of almost a year until April 25, 1769 and his "Journal of Journey to Ireland" together with his cousin Margaret Montgomerie. James and Margaret became so close on this journey that they eventually decided to marry, which they did on November 25, 1769.

The blanks left by missing or non-existent journal pages are to some extent filled in by letters and extracts from The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., the Scots Magazine and the London Chronicle.

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The book was first published by William Heinemann in 1956 in the usual format used for all of the Yale trade editions. A deluxe version was published simultaneously, in 400 numbered copies. This version includes a number of illustrations not in the trade edition, as well as being of a better print quality.

In 1958 the Reprint Society published a small - almost pocket-size - version, which seems to be a complete reprint of the first trade edition, complete with annotations.

Both versions of the trade edition are available cheaply from AbeBooks.com. The Deluxe version, however, can rarely be found for less than £60.

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Boswell on the Grand Tour I, 1763-1764

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Boswell on the Grand Tour: Germany and Switzerland 1763-1764

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1953

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Boswell spent some of the happiest days of his life visiting Berlin and several of the lesser German courts. He also met the famous philosophers Rosseau and Voltaire. As a consequence, this volume is probably the most positive and optimistic of his journals.

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This volume was edited by Frederick Pottle, and was first published in 1953. As was the case with the two previous volumes, it came in two editions, a standard edition and a deluxe edition printed in just 1000 numbered copies. The deluxe edition was of a better quality, and contained more illustrations than the standard edition, but no additional text.

On April 29, 2008 an annotated version of the journal of his Grand Tour through Germany and Switzerland was published as the first volume in the Research Edition: Journals.

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The standard edition is always available rather cheaply via AbeBooks.com. The deluxe edition is also available via Abebooks but usually sells for no less than £45 - and often for more than £75.

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