Out of Johnson's Shadow: James Boswell as Travel Writer

Griffin, Julian Marc (2017). Out of Johnson's Shadow: James Boswell as Travel Writer. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000cc49

Abstract

James Boswell has generally been regarded as a key figure in the evolution of the biography via his work on Samuel Johnson. Ranging over his public, published writing, his private-public unpublished journal writing (read by his friend John Johnston), and his private-private unpublished writing (his personal journals) this thesis sets out to address how he should also be seen as a travelogue writer of note. The most important contention is that the rise of Boswell as a travel writer is key to understanding his prowess as an auto/biographical writer – with the topography of the man-monument central. The principal aim is to stress that he was ‘Corsica Boswell’ long before he was ‘Johnson Boswell’.

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