Samuel Johnson & James Boswell

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

Summary

When James Boswell persuaded Samuel Johnson to embark on a tour of Boswell’s native Scotland in 1773, the adventure resulted in two magnificent books, Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and Boswell’sJournal of a Tour to the Hebrides. Johnson offers a magisterial account of what was then a remote and rugged land, while Boswell throws further light on the friend and mentor whom he immortalized in his biography. Together, they make up a brilliant portrait of two very different and very remarkable men exploring a feudal world which was soon to pass away for ever.