Journey to the Hebrides

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Canongate U.S., 1996 - History - 493 pages
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Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions, and later published separate accounts of their journey. These accounts of their great tour contain some of the finest pieces of travel writing ever produced: they are magnificent historical documents and also portraits of two extraordinary personalities. In the vivid prose of these two famous men of letters, the Highlands and the Western Islands spring to life. The juxtaposition of the two very different accounts creates an unsurpassed portrait of a society which was utterly alien to the Europe of the Enlightenment, and which was straining on the brink of calamitous change. These great masterpieces, entertaining, profound, and marvellously readable are also our last chronicles of a lost age and people. Introduced by Ian McGowan.
  

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Contents

A Journey to the Western Islands
3
Effect of prayer Observance of Sunday Professor
10
Goldsmith and Graham Slains castle Education
16
Fort George Sir Adolphus Oughton Contest
23
Death of young Col Dr Johnson slow of belief
130
Uncommon breakfast offered to Dr Johnson
139
The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
147
Dedication Page
149
Importance of the chastity of women
314
Dr Johnsons hereditary melancholy His minute
319
Ancient residence of a Highland Chief Languages
326
Change of London manners Laziness censured
333
Sir George MKenzie Mr Burkes wit knowl
345
French hunting Young Col Dr Birch Dr Percy
366
Beauclerk Cartes Life of the Duke of Ormond Cols cabi
384
Dr Johnsons avidity for a variety of books Improb
390

Introduction Character of Dr Johnson He arrives in Scotland
163
Sir W Forbes Practice of the law Emigration
171
Ogden on Prayer Aphoristick writing Edinburgh
182
Poetry and Dictionarywriting Scepticism Eternal
188
Dr Johnson on horseback A Highland hut Fort
253
Glensheal The Macraas Dr Johnsons anger
261
Sir James Macdonalds epitaph and last letters
270
Antiquity of the family of Rasay Cure of infide
279
September n Heritable jurisdictions Insular life The Laird
286
Erse poetry Danger of a knowledge of musick
400
Specimen of Ogden on Prayer Herveys Meditations
428
A passage in Homes Douglas and one in Juvenal
441
Glasgow surveyed Attention of the professors
445
Dr Johnsons sentiments concerning the High
451
The Duke of Hamiltons house Arrive at Edin
457
Appendix
483
Notes
487
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About the author (1996)

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is perhaps best known for his A Dictionary of the English Language, and The Lives of the English Poets. He was an essayist and review-writer, and produced important records of parliamentary debates. Johnson was a critical and fascinating chronicler of his time. Journey to the Hebrides: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell was published by Canongate in 2001.James Boswell (1740 -1795) , the son of an Ayrshire judge, was also an essayist and a member of Johnson's Literary Club (others included Goldsmith and Adam Smith). This ambitious and volatile man was certainly an intriguing character and an important portraitist, but is widely recognised as the author of the vivid The Life of Samuel Johnson.

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