Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson

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Penguin, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson is the most celebrated of all biographies, acknowledged as one of the greatest and most entertaining books in the English language. Yet Boswell himself has generally been considered little more than an idiot and condemned by posterity as a lecher and drunk. How could such a fool have written such a book? With great wit, Adam Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task-the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his great mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write The Life of Samuel Johnson.

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User Review  - Gerard Hogan - Goodreads

Wonderful evocation of the late 18th century and a splendid portrait of a man (Boswell) who spent a lot of his life trying to write a portrait of another man (Johnson). Boswell comes across as gossipy ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Bird - Goodreads

Sisman asserts that the apparent transparency of the Boswell's biography was the product of conscious and carefully cultivated art, not, was assumed in his own lifetime or the succeeding century, the ... Read full review

Contents

Immaturity
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Forwardness
20
Independence
71
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Adam Sisman is the author of A. J. P. Taylor: A Biography. He lives with his wife, the novelist Robyn Sisman, and their two children.

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