I just found this site and have already placed it in my zotero collection. As the Ahnold says, I'll be back. I've long been a Boswell fan, ever since I read about the discovery of his Journals in Richard Altick's The Scholar Adventurers.
But more to the point, I recall reading, in graduate school many years back, an essay by Boswell where he lays out anb argument for one being able to account for taste, for good and bad. I don't recall if this was a stand alone essay, a passage from his Journals perhaps, or from Johnson. If anyone knows and can point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.
James Boswell died in 1795 believing he had touched and kissed a cache of Shakespeare's original letters and papers discovered by a Mr. Ireland. His friend, Edmond Malone, publicly exposed the lot as a forgery just a year later.