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James Boswell's Life of Johnson

Manuscript Edition: Volume 2, 1766–1776

James Boswell
Edited by Bruce Redford, Elizabeth Goldring


Marshall Waingrow's opus magnum is not a corrected edition of the printed text of Boswell's Life of Johnson. Rather, Waingrow presents an edition of the manuscript which enables us to follow Boswell's compositional process through successive revisions.


Bruce Redford has done a masterful job editing, with the help of Elizabeth Goldring, the second volume (1766-76) of Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Waingrow has conclusively added his name to Boswell's finest editors and has set a standard by which future ones will be measured.
- John L Abbott, University of Connecticut

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