Everything James Boswell


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Boswell's Influence

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:18

Hi, I'm writing a paper for a college British Literature course and was wondering if anyone could lend me a hand. I've found a lot of writers that potentially influenced Boswell's writings, but have had some difficulty finding writers that he influenced. The database of this website is fantastically large, but I'm not sure where to start looking. Can anyone point me in the right direction to at least get me started?



Boswell´s Wive---

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 20:13

I read that JB attended the funeral of his wife even it was not usual at the time, and people did not argue with him doing so.

I wonder why man should not attend they wives burials and when did this costume started, and when it di end...

I am really keen on learning about this!

Thanks for reading and for eventually...answering,


Boswell's servant in Utrecht

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 21:52

François Mazerac , was his servant in Utrecht from august 1763 until july 1764. Later on he was hired by Robert Brown (rev.of Englisch church in Utrecht)

He died in Utrecht in 1790, but where was he born ?

He visit Scotland in summer of fall of 1767.
He wanted to retire in Germany or Switserland.

Any information is very welcome.
Thank You.


Boswell's Hypochondriak Essays

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 23:40

I am seeking suggestions as to journals or other outlets, online or print, scholarly or mainstream, that might be interested in publishing my article, "Almost Madness: Boswell's Hypochondriak Essays," which considers the psycho-historic diagnosis of Boswell as suffering from bipolar disorder and his remarkable achievement in writing these essays, which provide an early example of pathography, life writings about illness.

Boswell Relation - Lincoln 1969 to 1973

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:59


When I lived in Sudbrooke, a village a few miles east of Lincoln, a Mr Boswell lived in a little house on the road off of Wragby Road. He said he was related to James Boswell. He did illustration work for Sir Francis Hill and we used to go out into the Wolds looking for wild life.

We moved away in 1972 and I think he must have died at the end of the 1970's as we visited with my children when they were young.

Seeing Andrew Marr's programme this weekend reminded me of him and I wondered where he fitted into the family.