Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson
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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Review: Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. JohnsonUser Review - Rose Zamy - Goodreads
Sad ending for a talented, unhyappy, disturbed man. But now I find I want to read his work on Johnson. . . hopefully with a better appreciation for how he assembled the work. Read full review
Review: Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. JohnsonUser 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