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James Boswell's Life of Johnson

An Edition of the Original Manuscript in Four Volumes. Volume 3: 1776-1780 (Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell)

Thomas F. Bonnell (Editor), James Boswell


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/3/1999)
Hardcover (7/30/2020)
Hardcover (3/3/2020)
Hardcover (7/11/1999)


The original manuscript of James Boswell's Life of Johnson—a composite of his basic draft and innumerable revisions—served as printer's copy, despite its maze-like appearance. This volume, third of a projected four, offers a genetic transcription, forming an edition designed to make this complex document accessible for the first time. Supplemented by textual and explanatory notes, the transcription enables readers to trace changes Boswell made in the process of composition and printing, restores lost and deleted material, and corrects a range of previously undetected errors and misreadings.

Yale University Press, 9780300182927, 454pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

About the Author

Thomas F. Bonnell, professor of English at St. Mary's College, Indiana, is the author of The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765–1810.