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

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Penguin, Sep 24, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 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  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

I picked up this book primarily out of an interest in the late 18th century and for that it was a valuable read. Better than some authors and historians, this book delivers an idea of the forces and ... Read full review

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User Review  - moibibliomaniac - LibraryThing

A perfect choice of a title by Adam Sisman! In his Introductory Chapter of The Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell wrote: "To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of ... Read full review



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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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