1740, Oct 291795, May 19
a Scottish biographer and diarist, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has said is the greatest biography written in the English language. Boswell's surname has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print.
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10/29/1740-Author James Boswell is born
05/16/1763-Samuel Johnson first meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
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Intenerate: To make tender, soften, mollify. Samuel Johnson prayed, according to James Boswell (23 April, 1753): I hop...
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