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

ISBN : 9780198798743

Samuel Johnson; James Boswell; Jack Lynch; Celia Barnes
544 ページ
129 x 196 mm mm
Oxford World's Classics
  • A classic text combining the work of Boswell and Johnson.
  • Provides both a reading and critical engagement with the texts.
  • Presents a lightly edited version of Boswell and Johnson's works; this publication preserves the original orthography, corrects typographical errors, and adapts some of the punctuation to fit modern grammatical standards.
  • Provides clear and concise explanations of Johnson's and Boswell's respective careers, their friendship, and Boswell's grand biographical project.
  • Highlights eighteenth-century notions of stadial development and the progress of civilization.
  • Addresses the Scottish Enlightenment, the Reformation and rise of Presbyterianism and the Ossianic controversy, which entered its most heated phase while Johnson and Boswell were touring Scotland.

In 1773, James Boswell made a long-planned journey across the Scottish Highlands with his English friend Samuel Johnson; the two spent more than a hundred days together. Their tour of the Hebrides resulted in two books, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), a kind of locodescriptive ethnography and Johnson's most important work between his Shakespeare edition and his Lives of the Poets. The other, Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (1785), a travel narrative experimenting with biography, the first application of the techniques he would use in his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
These two works form a natural pair and, owing that they cover much of the same material, are often read together, focusing on the Scottish highlands.
The text presents a lightly-edited version of both works, preserving the original orthography and corrected typographical errors to fit modern grammar standards.
The introduction and notes provide clear and concise explanations on Johnson and Boswell's respective careers, their friendship and grand biographical projects. It also examines the Scottish Enlightenment, the status of England and Scotland during the Reformation through to the Union of the Crowns, and the Jacobite


Note on the Text
A Note about Money
Short Titles
Select Bibliography
Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands
James Boswell, The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Explanatory Notes
Monarchs of England, Scotland, and Great Britain
Biographical Index


Samuel Johnson and James Boswell
Edited by Jack Lynch, Professor of English at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and Celia Barnes, Associate Professor of English at Lawrence University
Jack Lynch is Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson and Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-Century Britain, and editor of Samuel Johnson in Context and The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660-1800.
Celia B. Barnes is Associate Professor of English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her academic research focuses especially on the relationship between friendship and authorship in eighteenth-century letters, diaries, and other minor genres.