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James Boswell's Life of Johnson

Manuscript Edition: Volume 3, 1776–1780

James Boswell
Edited by Thomas F. Bonnell

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This volume is the third and penultimate in the Yale Boswell Editions' transcription of Boswell's heavily revised manuscript of his biography of Johnson. Designed as a research supplement to the Hill-Powell version of the 'Life' and employing the complex but accessible system devised for the series by the late Marshall Waingrow, the edition traces Boswell's processes of composition from first draft to final publication. It restores much deleted material, passages lost or overlooked at proof and revise stage, and corrects a host of compositorial and other errors and misreadings. Professor Bonnell's annotation clarifies a wide range of textual and editorial issues, and sheds new light on Boswell's processes of selection and deletion.

About the Author

Thomas F. Bonnell, Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, is the author of The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry, 1765-1810 (Oxford, 2008) and several articles on the late 18th-century British book trade exploring the commercial contexts of Johnson’s Lives of the Poets. He now is working on volume 4 of the Yale research edition of the Life of Johnson manuscript.


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