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In this episode, we return to the friendship between Samuel Johnson and James Boswell by focusing on a trip the pair made to Scotland. Both authors wrote about their trip in quite different ways.
Johnson’s book has a rational, almost anthropological take on their journey.
While Boswell’s writing about Johnson fascinated and repelled readers in the eighteenth century because he blurred the distinction between public and private life.
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Samuel Johnson. A journey to the western islands of Scotland, 1775 See record in catalogue.
James Boswell. A journal of a tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, 1807. See record in catalogue.
Martin Martin. A late voyage to St Kilda, 1698. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Johnson and Boswell in the Hebrides reading list
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