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Anthology by leading Boswell biographer - now working on a life of Samuel Johnson - of the best of Boswell's diaries, his account of the great Cham himself, Sam Johnson, and an account of his time in Corsica as well as his obsession with hypochondria. In addition to material about Johnson and their celebrated tour to the Hebrides the lesser known 'An Account of Corsica', records his audacious visit to meet the fabled rebel leader Pasquale Paoli. In modern parlance it was an international bestseller of its day. Martin's astute selection, as in all the best anthologies, will undoubtedly lead the reader to Boswell's work, showing that, as Boswell said of himself: 'I am a compositoion of an infinite variety of ingredients.'
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Peter Martin was born in Argentina of English parents and educated there and in |the US. He has taught English literature on both sides of the Atlantic and written extensively on 18th-century British and American literature and culture. He divides his time between Principia College, Illinois, Cambridge University (where he has a fellowship) and a house in West Sussex.Review:
'... enthralling deathbed conversations with David Hume and Lord Kames, and a similarly riveting set of interviews with Jean-Jacques Rousseau... the selection is as tantalising as it is enjoyable.' THE HERALD (GLASGOW)
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Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0297607189