Fun Facts Friday: James Boswell
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 26, 2012

Monday, October 29 in the year 1750, famous Scottish author James Boswell (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795) was born. Mr. Boswell had a very colorful life and his vivid writing is still something to be admired. Portrait of James Boswell By Sir Joshua Reynolds circa 1785 Books by James Boswell 1 ) Born in Edinburgh. James’ father was a judge and belonged to an old Scottish family with the title Lord of Auchinleck. This made James the 9th Laird of Auchinleck. 2 ) As a supporter of the Corsican Republic, Boswell donated money, arms and went dressed up as a Corsican Chief to the Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford-Upon-Avon (See a letter from Boswell about the Shakespeare Jubilee). 3 ) After finishing college Boswell toured Europe. On his tour he met several dignitaries including Rousseau and Voltaire. Taking careful notes Boswell created detailed profiles of the famous people he met. 4 ) In 1763 Boswell met Samuel Johnson. They remained lifelong friends. 5 ) Boswell’s book, An Account of Corsica, was published in 1768, translated into 4 languages and made Boswell famous. 6 ) Mr. Boswell liked to whore around. In 167 he wrote a letter to W.J. Temple…

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