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James Boswell (1740–1795)

Boswell, James. A Scottish biographer; born in Edinburgh, Oct. 29, 1740; died in London, May 19, 1795. He was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow, admitted to the bar in 1766, and early showed a love for letters. His ‘Life of Dr. Samuel Johnson’ (1791) is considered the most entertaining biography in the English language. The best modern editions are by Napier (4 vols., 1884), and G. Birkbeck Hill (6 vols., 1887). He also wrote ‘Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson’ (1746), and many other books, the most successful of which was ‘An Account of Corsica and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli’ (1768). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).