James Boswell (Magill's Literary Annual 1985)
The publication of this second and last volume of the doubtless definitive biography of James Boswell may be regarded as a culmination of sorts of the Boswell “industry.” Since at least the 1950’s, edited volumes of Boswell’s journal have been appearing; in 1966, James Boswell: The Earlier Years, 1740-1769 was published by Frederick A. Pottle, the guiding light of the Boswell project at Yale University, the repository of the vast majority of the Boswell papers and associated documents. Dr. Frank Brady assisted Professor Pottle with several volumes of the journal and with the first volume of the biography. This second volume was to have been a joint project, but the press of other business forced Pottle to withdraw from active collaboration; Brady, however, testifies to Pottle’s contributions and advice, even though Brady’s name alone appears on the title page.
There are several volumes of Boswell’s journal yet to appear, and there will no doubt be still further specialized studies. Yale is producing both reading and research editions of the full journal and the correspondence and promises a catalog of the vast Yale Boswell collection. The Boswell papers themselves, their discovery and collection, are a separate and fascinating story, the subject of several books, including the most recent and authoritative Pride and Negligence: The History of the Boswell Papers (1982) by Pottle. The forays on Malahide Castle and Fettercairn...
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