A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Oxford World's Classics)

December 4, 2020
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Oxford World's Classics)

In 1773, James Boswell made a long-planned journey across theScottish Highlands with his English friend Samuel Johnson; the twospent more than a hundred days together. Their tour of the Hebridesresulted in two books, A Journey to the Western Islands ofScotland (1775), a kind of locodescriptive ethnography andJohnson's most important work between his Shakespeare edition andhis Lives of the Poets. The other, Boswell's Journalof a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (1785), a travelnarrative experimenting with biography, the first application ofthe techniques he would use in his Life of Samuel Johnson(1791). These two works form a natural pair and, owing that theycover much of the same material, are often read together, focusingon the Scottish highlands. The text presents a lightly-editedversion of both works, preserving the original orthography andcorrected typographical errors to fit modern grammar standards. Theintroduction and notes provide clear and concise explanations onJohnson and Boswell's respective careers, their friendship andgrand biographical projects. It also examines the ScottishEnlightenment, the status of England and Scotland during theReformation through to the Union of the Crowns, and theJacobite