The Journey To The Western Islands Of Scotland And The Journal Of A Tour To The Hebrides by Samuel JohnsonThe Journey To The Western Islands Of Scotland And The Journal Of A Tour To The Hebrides by Samuel Johnson

The Journey To The Western Islands Of Scotland And The Journal Of A Tour To The Hebrides

bySamuel Johnson, James BoswellEditorPeter Levi

Paperback | September 4, 1984

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.93 online 
$27.00 list price save 33%
Earn 90 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


"I mentioned our design to Voltaire," wrote Boswell. "He looked at me as if I had talked of going to the North Pole …"

As it turned out, Johnson enjoyed their Scottish journey (although the land was not quite so wild and barbaric as perhaps he had hoped), and Boswell delighted in it. The year was 1773, they were sixty-three and thirty-two years old, and had been friends for ten years. Their journals, published together here, perfectly complement each other. Johnson's majestic prose and hawk eye for curious detail take in everything from the stone arrowheads found in the Hebrides, to the 'medicinal' waters of Loch Ness and "the mischiefs of emigration." Meanwhile, it is very lucky that as Johnson was observing Scotland, Boswell was observing Johnson. His record is perceptive, highly entertaining and full of sardonic wit; for him, as for us, it is an appetizer for The Life of Johnson.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Samuel Johnson (1709 and died in 1784) lived long life, though one marred by depression and fear of death. His literary reputation rests on such a varied output that he defies easy description: poet, critic, lexicographer, travel writer, essayist, editor, and, with his good friend and fellow traveller James Boswell, a biographer.
Title:The Journey To The Western Islands Of Scotland And The Journal Of A Tour To The HebridesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 4, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140432213

ISBN - 13:9780140432213

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I liked reading about these countries during this time period. Not an easy read but worth the effort
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok of literary interest, not really pleasure reading
Date published: 2017-12-25

From Our Editors

Although the growth of industry has left its mark on modern Scotland, it was a place of untrammeled natural beauty only two and half centuries ago. When Samuel Johnson and James Boswell made their famous journey to the Western Isles in 1773, they expected to find a raw, rugged countryside. What they found instead was widespread, unregulated whiskey production, the rape of the highland forests and a sorely emasculated clan system. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides remains the quintessential piece of travel literature with its two separate logs of what the travelers encountered, and of their impressions of an unknown world.