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The Brothers Boswell


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The Brothers Boswell is an intriguing fictional account of James Boswell's relationship with his younger brother John as told from the perspective of the latter. The story revolves around John's jealousy of his older brother's relationship with Samuel Johnson, and his plan to stalk and capture them both in the summer of 1763, at a time when he had only recently been released from the psychiatric hospital to which he had been confined following a complete mental breakdown in 1762.

The book is entirely fictional but draws heavily on Boswell's London Journal and other parts of Boswell's personal papers.


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