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.
James BoswellBorn 1775
James Boswell the younger was educated at Westminster School, London, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he received his M.A. in 1806. That same year he was called to the bar at the Inner Temple, London. He was later appointed Commissioner of Bankrupts.
He shared many of the literary interests of his father and of his father's friend, the Shakespearean scholar Edmond Malone. As his literary executor, Boswell completed the so-called Shakespeare Variorum prepared by Malone following Malone's death in 1812, and in 1821 he published this as well as the 6th revised edition of his father's Life of Johnson, edited in part by Malone.
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