Linda Colley, 21 September 1995
Show More All the Sweets of Being: The Life of James Boswell by Roger Hutchinson.
Mainstream, 238 pp., £17.50, May 1995, 1 85158 702 0Show More
James Boswell’s ‘Life of Johnson’ edited by Marshall Waingrow.
Edinburgh, 518 pp., £75, March 1995, 0 7486 0471 5Show More
Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia by Pat Rogers.
Oxford, 245 pp., £30, April 1995, 0 19 818259 7Show More
“... literary lion, an acquaintance of Rousseau and Voltaire, the close friend, not just of Samuel Johnson, but of a broad sample of London’s cultural and fashionable élite, the celebrated biographer of the Corsican nationalist, Pasquale Paoli, a man, or so it seemed, to watch. Yet Boswell repeatedly failed. He failed to get into the Guards. He failed at ...”