Boswell's Presumptuous Task

Author(s): Adam Sisman

Literary biography

Acclaimed biographer Adam Sisman provides a fascinating and original account of James Boswell's seven-year struggle to write the Life of Johnson, following Samuel Johnson's death in 1784. Sisman's intellectually exhilarating book unpicks the Life of Johnson. Here is a dazzling exploration of the interplay between biography and autobiography, between reputation and character, between art and authenticity, between literature and life - and a dramatic unfolding of the struggle for mastery between biographer and subject. Boswell's Presumptuous Task shows movingly how a man who failed in almost everything came to write one of the greatest biographies; the triumphant legacy of a foolish man with a great heart.


Foxing to page edges, dustjacket edgewear

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780241136379
  • : Hamish Hamilton
  • : Hamish Hamilton
  • : January 2000
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adam Sisman
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 392