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Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica   By: (1740-1795)

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James Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica offers an immersive glimpse into the life of the renowned Scottish biographer and his captivating adventures. Spanning many years, this collection of letters and journal entries allows readers an intimate view of Boswell's well-documented journey to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, as well as his deep friendship with Andrew Erskine.

Boswell's writing style is characterized by his lively and charismatic narrative voice. His intriguing observations and vivid descriptions transport readers to the rugged landscapes of Corsica, immersing them in the cultural and political climate of the time. Whether recounting his encounters with Corsican rebels or engaging in insightful discussions with Erskine, Boswell shines as a master storyteller who effortlessly captivates his audience.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its ability to bring historical figures to life. Boswell's close relationship with Andrew Erskine, which is evident in their frequent correspondence, provides a unique perspective on significant events and individuals of the era. From their firsthand accounts of meetings with thinkers like Samuel Johnson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau to their interactions with formidable Corsican leader Pasquale Paoli, their letters paint an authentic and engaging picture of 18th-century Europe.

Moreover, Boswell's character development throughout the collection is commendable. From his initial skepticism about the Corsican independence movement to his eventual admiration for their cause, Boswell's personal growth is palpable in his writings. Readers witness his transformation from an ignorant tourist to a sympathetic ally of the Corsican people, as he provides insights into their struggle for autonomy and cultural preservation.

While the book offers a rich historical context, it may prove challenging for readers unfamiliar with or uninterested in the era. The extensive focus on political and social dynamics, particularly regarding Corsica, might overwhelm those seeking a more straightforward narrative. However, for enthusiasts of Boswell's work or individuals curious about 18th-century European history, this collection is an absolute delight.

In summary, James Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica presents a fascinating blend of personal narratives and historical insights. Boswell's engaging prose and his sincere passion for his subject matter make this collection a worthy addition to any literary or historical enthusiast's bookshelf. By deftly merging travelogue, biography, and political commentary, Boswell creates a compelling narrative that showcases his enduring relevance as a brilliant chronicler of his time.

First Page:

BOSWELL'S

CORRESPONDENCE

WITH THE HONOURABLE

ANDREW ERSKINE

AND HIS

JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO CORSICA

(Reprinted from the Original Editions)

Edited

With a Preface, Introduction, and Notes

by

GEORGE BIRKBECK HILL, D.C.L.

Author of "Dr. Johnson: His Friends and His Critics."

London: Thos. De La Rue & Co. 1879

Printed by Thomas De La Rue and Co., Bunhill Row, London.

CONTENTS.

PREFACE i

LETTERS BETWEEN THE HONOURABLE ANDREW ERSKINE AND JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ. 3

INTRODUCTION TO THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO CORSICA 101

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION 125

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION 135

THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO CORSICA 137

APPENDIX 239

BOSWELL AND ERSKINE'S LETTERS.

PREFACE.

Boswell did not bring out his "Life of Johnson" till he was past his fiftieth year. His "Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides" had appeared more than five years earlier. While it is on these two books that his fame rests, yet to the men of his generation he was chiefly known for his work on Corsica and for his friendship with Paoli... Continue reading book >>




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