Story | Aug 3, 2010
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Paperback Writers: James Boswell's 'London Journal 1762-1763'; Michael J. Arlen's 'Exiles' [Updated]Story | Nov 21, 2010The handwritten pages of James Boswell's " London Journal 1762-1763" languished forgotten in a trunk in Scotland before being brought to light in the middle of the last century and issued under the auspices of Yale University. This event, together with publication of successive hordes of newly discovered Boswell material, at last separated him from Dr. Samuel Johnson, in whose large and overbearing shadow he had lingered after writing his biography, and established him as a personality in his own right. The "London Journal," now available in an unexpurgated new edition (Penguin Classics: $17 paper) is vivid, intimate, compelling and seemingly off-the-cuff, yet carefully wrought.
Story | Dec 22, 2009
In 1999, the L.A. Times asked dozens of writers to look back at the prior century and share books they considered lost treasures -- books they loved that had slipped out of sight. Although the authors were formidable -- including...