The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 338 Seiten
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: The truth is, like the ancient Greeks and Remans, he allowed himfelf to look upon all nations but his own as barbarians: not only Ilibernia, but Spain, Italy, and France are attacked in the fame poem. If he was particularly prejudiced againft the Scots, it was becaufe they were more in his way; becaufe he thought their fuccefs in England rather exceeded the due proportion of their real merit; and becaufe h could not but fee in them that nationality which I fliould think no liberal minded Scotfman will deny. He was indeed, if I may be allowed the phrafe, at bottom much of a Jobn Bull; much of a blunt true-born EngHJhman. There was a ftratiim of common clay under the rock of marble. "He was voracioufly fond of good eating; and he had a great deal of that quality called humour, which gives an oilioefs and a glofs to every other quality. I am, I flatter myfelf, compleatly a citizen of the world.--In my travels through Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Corfica, France, I never felt myfelf from home; and I fincerely love " every kindred and tongue, and people " and nation.' I fubfcribe to what my late truly 'learned and philofophical friend 'Crojtie faid, that the Englifh are better animals than the Scots; they are nearer the fun; their blood is richer, and more mellow: 'but When I humour any of them in an outrageous v ''"" ' ' contempt chapter{Section 4contempt of Scotland, I fairly own I treat then? as children. And thus I have, at fome mo ments, found myfelf obliged to treat even. Dr. Johnfon. To Scotland however he ventured; and he returned from it in great good humour, with his prejudices much leffened, and with very grateful feelings of the hofpitality with which he was treated; as is evident from that admirable work, his "Journey to the Weftern Iflands of Scotlan...

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James Boswell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1740 of an old and honored family. As a young man, Boswell was ambitious to have a literary career but reluctantly obeying the wishes of his father, a Scottish Judge, he followed a career in the law. He was admitted to the Scottish bar in 1766. However, his legal practice did not prevent him from writing a series of periodical essays, The Hypochondriac (1777-83), and his Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides (1785), was an account of the journey to the outer islands of Scotland undertaken with Samuel Johnson in 1773. In addition, Boswell wrote the impulsively frank Journals, private papers lost to history until they were discovered by modern scholars and issued in a multivolume set. Known during much of his life as Corsican Boswell for his authorship of An Account of Corsica in 1768, his first considerable work, Boswell now bears a name that is synonymous with biographer. The reason rests in the achievement of his Life of Samuel Johnson published in 1791, seven years after the death of Johnson. Boswell recorded in his diary the anxiety of the long-awaited encounter with Johnson, on May 16, 1763, in the back parlor of a London bookstore, and upon their first meeting he began collecting Johnson's conversations and opinions. Johnson was a daunting subject for a biographer, in part because of his extraordinary, outsized presence and, in part because Johnson himself was a pioneer in the art of literary biography. Boswell met the challenge by taking an anecdotal, year-by-year approach to the wealth of biographical material he gathered. Boswell died in 1795.

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