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To the Hebrides: Samuel Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands And James Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides Paperback – September 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1841584676 ISBN-10: 1841584673

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  • Paperback: 645 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841584673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841584676
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,495,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Johnson became famous as a poet and a moral essayist before completing his most famous project, The Dictionary of the English Language. James Boswell met Samuel Johnson in 1763, when the two began their trip around the Hebrides, and is celebrated not only as Johnson's biographer but also for the disarming honesty of his personal diaries. Formerly a lecturer in Celtic in Glasgow and Edinburgh universities, Ronald Black is Gaelic Editor of The Scotsman and a columnist in the West Highland Free Press. In addition to numerous academic articles he is author or editor of: Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair: The Ardnamurchan Years, An Tuil: Anthology of 20th Century Scottish Gaelic Verse, An Lasair: Anthology of 18th Century Scottish Gaelic Verse, Eilein na h-Oige: The Poems of Fr Allan McDonald and The Gaelic Otherworld.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Lickerish on August 15, 2010
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It is inexpressibly lovely to read about a place in their travels (say, the isle of Mull or Coll) in the words of Johnson, and then in the words of Boswell. So you don't have to read the entire journal of the trip to the Hebrides that Boswell wrote, and then the entire journal of the trip written by Johnson, to compare their reactions to the same place, but rather you have their "takes" on each leg of the journey side by side.
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