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In 1762 James Boswell then twenty two years old left Edinburgh for London The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high life and the low life in London Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth century London This new edition includes an introduction by Peter Ackroyd which discusses Boswell’s life and achievement“Boswell was the most charming companion in the world and London becomes his dining room and his playground his club and his confessional No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book”—Peter Ackroyd from the introduction “Boswell was the most charming companion in the world and London becomes his dining room and his playground his club and his confessional No celebrant of the London world can ignore his book”—Peter Ackroyd from the Introduction  Praise for the earlier editionThe journal is perceptive and uninhibited and magically alive than one could have hoped Boswell transforms the most trifling occurrences into adventures and imparts to the reader his own surpassing lust for experience and his keen sense of the fascination of life—Austin Wright Virginia Quarterly Review  The journal is admirably edited and annotated”—W H Auden New Yorker  The late Frederick Pottle Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University was editor bibliographer and biographer of James Boswell Peter Ackroyd is the author of London The Biography The Life of Thomas More Albion The Origins of the English Imagination and many other books


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    Liza Picard said that Boswell's London journal shows a rather dislikable man painting a vivid and accurate picture of himself and I think that gets it about right Then again he was twenty two at the time – I'm not sure I'd want to take a close look at myself back then More endearing journals have been written but mostly by less honest memoiristsIn general this is a journal of two halves – the first mainly consisting of Boswell trying to get laid and wangle a cushy job as an ornamental soldier and the second revolving around his meeting and subsequent friendship with Samuel Johnson The first is the interesting Boswell has come to London free for the first time from his family and with a basic allowance to live – frugally – as a gentleman It's a sort of gap year journal of perfect freedom and Boswell sees London as a vast sexual playground full of magical opportunitiesIt is very curious to think that I have now been in London several weeks without ever enjoying the delightfull Sex Altho' I am surrounded with numbers of free hearted Ladies of all kinds From the splendid Madam at fifty guineas a night down to the civil Nymph with white thread stockings who tramps along the Strand and will resign her engaging person to your honour for a pint of wine and a shillingBoswell's own financial resources pretty much precluded the former option which means a lot of this journal involves picking up streetwalkers in St James's Park followed by paragraphs of anguished Calvinist guilt To try and avoid such temptations by means of a regular relationship he begins to court an actress ‘Louisa’ in a series of encounters which I found completely riveting When he first chats her up he's half in love with himself for the whole sceneI acquired confidence by considering my present character in this light A young fellow of spirit fashion heir to a good fortune enjoying the pleasures of London and now making his addresses in order to have an intrigue with that delicious subject of Gallantry an Actress I talked on love very freely Madam said I I can never think of having a connection with Women that I don't love That Sir said she is only having a satisfaction in common with the Brutes But when there is a union of minds that is indeed estimable But dont think Sir that I am a Platonist I am not indeed This hint gave me courageAfter this flirtation she puts him off a few times but finally agrees to another meeting one on one Boswell can hardly contain himselfI rose but saluting her with warmth my powers were excited I felt myself vigorous I sat down again I beseeched her You know Madam you said you was not a Platonist I beg it of you to be so kind You said you are above the finesse of your Sex Be sure allways to make a woman better than her Sex I adore you — Nay dear Sir I pressing her to me kissing her now and then pray be quiet Such a thing requires time to consider of — Madam  own this would be necessary for any man but me But you must take my character from Myself I am very good tempered very honest have little money I should have some reward for my particular honesty — But Sir give me time to recollect myself — Well then Madam when shall I see you? — On friday Sir — A thousand thanks —And you thought dating was a nightmare now Boswell gives many of these scenes in dialogue like this which is amazing – you feel that you're eavesdropping on the kind of situations and conversations that polite novelists of the time could never touch on In any case after Louisa manages to put him off for a week they spend the next few meetings talking about whether or not to go all the wayShe mentioned one consequence that in an affair of gallantry might be troublesom I suppose Madam said I—you mean if a third person should be interested in the affair Why to be sure if such a person should appear he must be taken care of For my own part I have the strongest principles of that kind Well Sir said She with a sweet complacency But we wont talk any on the SubjectEventually thoughThe week is now elapsed—and I hope you will not be so cruel as to keep me in misery I then began to take some liberties Nay Sir — now — but do consider — Ah Madam — Nay but you are an encroaching creature Upon this I advanced to the greatest freedom by a sweet elevation of the charming petticoat — Good heaven Sir Madam I cannot help it I adore you Do you like me She answered me with a warm kiss pressing me to her bosom sighed O Mr Boswell But my dear Madam permit me I beseech you — Lord Sir the People may come in — How then can I be happy? what time Do tell me Why Sir on Sunday afternoonAnother reprieve for the valiant Louisa When the weekend rolls around she next produces a classic excuse ‘She informed me that Sunday could not be the hoped for time to bestow perfect felicity upon me In short I understood that Nature's periodical effects on the human or properly female constitution forbad it’ Eventually – either giving up or deciding that Boswell had done enough to prove his devotion to her it's hard to say exactly what she thought about it all – Louisa consents to go to an inn with Boswell where they pretend to be a married couple and finally spend the night together Boswell as ever is rather pleased with himselfA voluptuous night I never enjoyed Five times was I fairly lost in supreme rapture Louisa was madly fond of me she declared I was a Prodigy asked me if this was not extraordinary for human nature I said twice as much might be but this was not Altho' in my own mind I was somewhat proud of my performanceBut Boswell comes out of this whole affair extremely badly The very next time they meet he records that ‘I felt my passion for Louisa much gone’ a few days later he is telling himself that ‘Louisa was only in the mean time till I got into genteel life’ Then he develops gonorrhoea Never mind that he has fucked half of London's sex workers the idea that Louisa might have been with someone else outrages him ‘She is in all probability a most consummate dissembling Whore’ he decidesThus ended my intrigue with the fair Louisa which I flattered myself so much with and from which I expected at least a Winter's safe copulationJustwow And all this is just in the first three months of the journal You will probably not come out of this diary with a very high opinion of its author but you have to have at least a grudging respect for his brutal honesty It gives us an incredible record of life in eighteenth century London and of the mind of a young man of the time and definitely allows you to fill in some of the blanks left by contemporary novelists