Citizen of the World, Man of Letters
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|Format: ||Paperback, 300 pages|
|Other Information: ||black & white illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 November 2009|
These eleven original essays by well-known eighteenth-century scholars, five of them editors of James Boswell's journal or letters, commemorate the bicentenary of Boswell's death on May 19, 1795. The volume illuminates both the life and the work of one of the most important literary figures of the age and contributes significantly to the scholarship on this rich period. In the introduction, Irma S. Lustig sets the tone for the volume. She reveals that the essays examining Boswell as "Citizen of the World" are deliberately paired with those that analyze his artistic skills, to emphasize that "Boswell's sophistication as a writer is inseparable from his cosmopolitanism." The essays in Part I focus on the relationship of the Enlightenment, at home and abroad, to Boswell's personal development. Marlies K. Danziger restores to significant life the continental philosophers and theologians Boswell consulted in his search for religious certainty. Peter Perreten examines Boswell's enraptured study of Italian antiquity and his responses to the European landscape. Richard B. Sher and Perreten document the personal and aesthetic influence of Henry Home, Lord Kames, Scottish jurist and leading Enlightenment figure, on Boswell. Michael Fry discusses Boswell's relationship with Henry Dundas, political manager for Scotland, and Thomas Crawford examines Boswell's long-standing interest in the volatile political issues of the period, including the French Revolution, through his correspondence with William Johnson Temple. In evaluation Boswell's performance as Laird of Auchinleck, John Strawhorn documents his efforts to improve the estate by use of new agricultural methods. The essays in Part II study aspects of Boswell's artistry in Life of Johnson, the magnum opus that set a standard for biography. Carey McIntosh examines Boswell's use of rhetoric, and William P. Yarrow offers a close scrutiny of metaphor. Isobel Grundy invokes Virginia Woolf in demonstrating Boswell's acceptance of uncertainty as a biographer. John B. Radner reveals Boswell's self-assertive strategies in his visit with Johnson at Ashbourne in September 1777, and, finally, Lustig examines as a "subplot" of the biography Johnson's patient efforts to win the friendship of Margaret Montgomerie Boswell. An appendix by Hitoshi Suwabe serves scholars by providing the most exact account to date of Boswell's meetings with Johnson.
Commemorating the bicentennial of James Boswell's death, Lustig, an editor of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell (McGraw. o.p.), brings together 11 original essays by leading 18th-century scholars. The first six situate Boswell in the Enlightenment, examining his exposure to its major figures and ideas, especially on religion, art, and politics. They also attempt to assess their influence on his life as a writer, lawyer, and landlord. The remaining five essays focus specifically on the Life of Johnson and the role of the Enlightenment in shaping Boswell's artistry. In the spirit of Johnson and Boswell, the essays in this collection are sophisticated and articulate yet lucidly accessible. A delight to read and a valuable contribution both to literary scholars and historians of the period.‘T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
-These essays set the standard against which future examinations of Boswell's prose should be measured.- -- British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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