The experience “was like the best preview in the world, the movie you want to see so badly,” says Boswell.
He is praised in the TLS for having “no axes to grind” and, unlike Boswell, not writing in competition with his subject.
A U.S. official who has read the classified report said Lamb and Boswell were named in that version.
The Kentucky bard Ed McClanahan once lived in California, where among various endeavors he played Boswell to the Grateful Dead.
Any new biographer of Dr. Johnson has to deal with the Boswell version.
Boswell mentions his having uttered a remark about Hume, too gross to be committed to paper.
"I expect she won't take a fancy to Boswell very early," said Keating.
Mr. Boswell, of Cobourg, admitted that Sir Francis had said he knew a good deal.
But even in those days as a callow, trusting youth, he'd been smarter than Boswell.
Johnson, also, was gone, and the two strongest checks upon the excesses of Boswell were removed.