Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia: The Transit of Caledonia by Pat Rogers

Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia: The Transit of Caledonia

byPat Rogers

Hardcover | March 1, 1992

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This is the first comprehensive treatment of Johnson and Boswell in relation to Scotland, as revealed in their accounts of their trip to the Hebrides in 1773, the Journey to the Western Islands and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. Locating the Scottish journey both within the context oftravel writing in the decade of Cook's Pacific voyages, and in an intellectual, cultural, and literary context, Pat Rogers's new interpretation of the writers' famous accounts describes the `Grand Detour' which the travellers made in opposition to the standard Grand Tour expectations. Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia suggests a reason why Johnson undertook his long-planned visit in old age, and explores the relation between his Journey and the letters he wrote to Hester Thrale. Boswell's complex motives in making the tour are also explored, including his dividedviews concerning his Scottish identity, and his desire at a concealed level to replay the heroic venture of Prince Charles Edward thirty years before. Setting the journey in the context of anti-Scottish feeling in the period, the book relates the themes and motives of the two narratives to thebackground of the Scottish Enlightenment on such issues as emigration and primitivism, and offers fresh reading of the major survey by Johnson and Boswell of Scotland after the Jacobite risings.

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Pat Rogers is at University of South Florida.

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Title:Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia: The Transit of CaledoniaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 0.75 inPublished:March 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198182597

ISBN - 13:9780198182597

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`Waingrow's edition is a treasure-trove of previously hidden detail, rich in implication for our understanding of the Life of Johnson, of Boswell, and of the late eighteenth century in general. Pat Rogers's deft and gracious collection of studies of the tour the two men made to Scotland can inthis respect be seen as a companion volume to Waingrow. In what has become a hectic battle-ground of charge and counter-charge, few have written with Rogers's wit and psychological insight, and fewer still have hit upon a formulation which catches better Johnson's involvement with dynastic politicsthan the notion of him as a 'secret sharer' in Jacobitism.'David Womersley, Jesus College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLVIII, No. 189, Feb '97