Andrew O’Hagan: A Paean to Boswell
5 October 2000
Show More Boswell's Presumptuous Task by Adam Sisman.
Hamish Hamilton, 352 pp., £17.99, November 2000, 0 241 13637 7Show More
James Boswell’s ‘Life of Johnson’: Research Edition: Vol. II edited by Bruce Redford and Elizabeth Goldring.
Edinburgh, 303 pp., £50, February 2000, 0 7486 0606 8Show More
Samuel Johnson: The Life of an Author by Lawrence Lipking.
Harvard, 372 pp., £11.50, March 2000, 0 674 00198 2Show More
Dr Johnson's London by Liza Picard.
Weidenfeld, 362 pp., £20, July 2000, 0 297 84218 8Show More
“... and he was, for the greater part of his life, a great engine of self-admiration, as well as a copious begetter of admiration in other people. Yet none that loved him could easily match the love of JamesBoswell, who puttered along for many years, joyously, drunkenly, boisterously, earnestly, with his love of Dr Johnson both a wondrous act of worship and a curious kind of self-loving. Arm in arm on ...”