Bozzy's Books

Boswell was known in the century and a half after his death in 1795 as the biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson, whom he immortalised in his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), and in his earlier highly innovative Scottish travel narrative, the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1785).  Before his Johnsonian works, Boswell was widely known in the press of his day as 'Corsica Boswell', having first achieved fame throughout Europe with his Account of Corsica (1768), the outcome of his daring visit to that rugged and little-visted island in 1765 to meet General Pasquale Paoli, leader of the patriot insurgents fighting for independence from Genoa. The extraordinary recovery and publication of his long-suppressed private journals and papers in the early twentieth century, especially the bestselling London Journal 1762-1763, brought him a renewed wave of fame in our time. 

A selection of his work currently available:

The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). Two recent unabridged paperback editions:

     Ed. David Womersley (Penguin Classics, 2008)

     Ed. R. W. Chapman, introduction by Pat Rogers (Oxford World’s Classics, 1980)

James Boswell, London Journal 1762-1763, ed. Gordon Turnbull, Penguin Classics, 2010, reprinted 2013

Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell, edited by Paul Tankard (Yale University Press, 2014)

Boswell's Edinburgh Journals. 1767-1786, ed. Hugh M. Milne, (3rd ed., John Donald Short Run Press, 2013; plus Kindle)

To the Hebrides: Samuel Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, ed. Ronald Black (Birlinn Limited, 2007)

Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of the tour to the Hebrides by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, ed. Peter Levi (Penguin Classics, 1984) 

James Boswell, An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to That Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli, ed. James T. Boulton and T. O. McLoughlin, (Oxford University Press, 2006; also available as ebook)

Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck, 1778-1782 ed. Joseph W. Reed and Frederick A. Pottle, (Edinburgh University Press, repr. 1993)

For a complete list of the volumes published by the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, see: