Fall 1985 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1985 |

Brady’s Boswell: Enthusiastic Indiscretions

James Boswell: The Later Years, 1769-1795 by Frank Brady. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1984. 609 pages. $24.95. Of course James Boswell would have been pleased with such thorough and unflinching revelation of his private affairs to public scrutiny; Frank Brady completes F. A. Pottle's earlier work, ' giving us all we could wish to know of Boswell's career. Boswell's journals, recording the liveliest passages of his lively life, are too voluminous for our consumption, but he knew they would be fascinating and he was confident that they would finally be valued. For the modern reader who seeks justice, his punishment seems fitting: one who regularly invaded others' private space has had his own privacy absolutely violated. But such punishment will not satisfy long if we remember how ready Boswell was to exhibit himself on all occasions, revealing his best and his worst self. In 1775, anticipating that his journal would be read by others, Boswell improved on his wife's figure

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