James Boswell’s Life of Johnson: An Edition of the Original Manuscript
in Four Volumes, Volume 3, 1776–1780
Editor: Thomas Bonnell
Hardback, 234 x 156 mm, 352 pages
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 Marshall Waingrow, the edition traces Boswell’s processes of composition from first draft through publication. It restores much deleted material, recovers passages lost or overlooked during the printing, and reveals a host of other typesetting errors. Bonnell’s annotation clarifies a wide range of textual and editorial issues and sheds new light on the scope and challenge of Boswell’s project.
Thomas F. Bonnell, Professor of English at St. Mary’s College, Indiana, is the author, most recently, of The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry, 1765–1810 (Oxford, 2006). He is now at work on the fourth and final volume of the Life of Johnson manuscript edition in The Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell.