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Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (1950)

de James Boswell, James Boswell

Altres autors: Frederick A. Pottle (Editor)

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Sèrie: The Journals of James Boswell (1)

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Boswell was the most charming companion in the world, and London becomes his dining room and his playground, his club and his confessional. No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book.'Peter Ackroyd, from the ForewordIn 1762 James Boswell, then twenty-two years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth-century London. This new edition includes a Foreword by Peter Ackroyd, which discusses Boswell's life and achievement.Key Features:* Features a new Foreword by Peter Ackroyd, author of London: The Biography* This edition of Boswell's classic text has long been recognised as THE authoritative version* Edited by the renowned Boswell expert, the late Frederick A. Pottle* Includes a first-class introduction and informative notes throughout… (més)
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now first published from the original manuscript
  lidaskoteina | Nov 10, 2021 |
" now [1950] first published from the original manuscript"
  lidaskoteina | Oct 23, 2021 |
Glorious stuff if you're into the 18th century, probably quite impenetrable if not, though Boswell is surely one of the greatest characters in literary history. Here we have him in all his youthful folly, living through what Sheridan quotes Fielding calling "a trifling age," (50), and doing a good deal of trifling himself. He flits between deep piety and evenings with prostitutes. He records: "I see too far into the system of things, to be much in earnest. I consider Mankind in general & therefore cannot take a part in their quarrels when divided into particular states and nations. I can see that after a war is over and a great quantity of cold & hunger & want of Sleep and torment endured by mortals, things are upon the whole, just as they were." He inquires into his own personality and realizes that "altho' the judgment may know that all is vanity, yet Passion may ardently pursue." "The pleasure of gratifying whim is very great. It is known only by whose who are whimsical."

He suggests to a friend that the world would be much better is "venereal delight" were permitted only to the virtuous, because priests could then "incite the Audience to Goodness by warmly and lusciously setting before their imaginations the transports of amorous Joy." That is right. Boswell thinks all would be well if only priests were also pornographers.

He fails to go out when his barber is sick, apparently being incapable of shaving himself. He sees another prostitute and describes her. He eats out. His friends are witty. And then he meets Jonson--which gives birth to a great book, of course. But after reading just the first volume of his journal, I'm pretty convinced that Boswell was both a more enjoyable man than Jonson, and, dare I say it, a vastly superior writer. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Replaces otherwise identical copy in poor condition. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
I have read and read most of Boswell's writing. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
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James Boswellautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Boswell, Jamesautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Pottle, Frederick A.Editorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Ackroyd, PeterPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Faye, Harold K.Mapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Morley, ChristopherPrefaciautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"Conversation is the traffic [commerce] of the mind; for by exchanging ideas, we enrich one another." - West Digges (actor) as reported by Boswell.
"The mind of man [is] like a room, which is either made agreeable or the reverse by the pictures with which it is adorned." - George Dempster, 26 Feb 1763, as related by Boswell
"You have a light head, but a damned heavy a___ [arse?]; and, to be sure, such a man will run easily downhill, but it would be severe work to get him up." - Lord Eglington to Boswell, regarding his ability to start a thing, but inability to stick with it to the end.
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Boswell was the most charming companion in the world, and London becomes his dining room and his playground, his club and his confessional. No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book.'Peter Ackroyd, from the ForewordIn 1762 James Boswell, then twenty-two years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth-century London. This new edition includes a Foreword by Peter Ackroyd, which discusses Boswell's life and achievement.Key Features:* Features a new Foreword by Peter Ackroyd, author of London: The Biography* This edition of Boswell's classic text has long been recognised as THE authoritative version* Edited by the renowned Boswell expert, the late Frederick A. Pottle* Includes a first-class introduction and informative notes throughout

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