Facts and Inventions

Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Edited by Paul Tankard

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June 24, 2014
496 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
19 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300141269
Cloth

James Boswell (1740–1795), best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson, was also a lawyer, journalist, diarist, and an insightful chronicler of a pivotal epoch in Western history. This fascinating collection, edited by Paul Tankard, presents a generous and varied selection of Boswell’s journalistic writings, most of which have not been published since the eighteenth century. It offers a new angle on the history of journalism, an idiosyncratic view of literature, politics, and public life in late eighteenth-century Britain, and an original perspective on a complex and engaging literary personality.
Paul Tankard is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
“Paul Tankard illuminates not only neglected corners of Boswell’s interests and career, but the wider journalistic culture of late eighteenth-century Britain, bringing to new attention the topics, habits, and reading practices of its lively world of print media.”—Gordon Turnbull, General Editor, The Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell


"Complementing the Yale editions of Boswell’s private papers, Tankard’s collection of Boswell’s public journalism makes a brilliant addition to the Boswell canon that illuminates his remarkable liveliness, inventiveness, and versatility."—Robert DeMaria, Jr., Vassar College

“Paul Tankard is to be lauded for producing Facts and Inventions. . . . A major contribution to Boswellian studies.”—Anthony W. Lee, The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
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