Tag Archives: Dr. Johnson

at the top of dun caan

At the top of Dun Caan, a mountain on the Isle of Raasay, James Boswell and two Highlanders danced a reel after washing down their picnic with brandy and punch. In the satirical version below, the fat and sottish Boswell … Continue reading

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scottify yourself

Thomas Rowlandson’s engraving, below, records the scene at the Firth of Forth where James Boswell forced a piece of dried fish an Johnson as a means, he said, of “scottifying his palate…With difficulty I prevailed with him to let a … Continue reading

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local hospitality: johnson & boswell on their rounds

The late summer of 1773 and James Boswell had succeeded in dragging Dr. Samuel Johnson, the Dr. Johnson, from Edinburgh to Inverness to Skye and back to the Lowlands. Boswell could, and soon set about immortalizing the tour… …Johnson and … Continue reading

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boswell and johnson: highlands hopping

“Who can like the Highlands?” asked Dr. Samuel Johnson after James Boswell had dragged him from Edinburgh to Inverness to Skye and back to the Lowlands. Boswell could, and soon set about immortalizing the tour… …he had been “quite hurt,” … Continue reading

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tea time

Tea at the Boswells’: At rne past midnight the servant yawns and Boswell is asleep, but an unconcerned Dr. Johnson keeps on consuming tea and talking to Boswell’s long suffering wife. Boswell assured himself that his wife and his hero … Continue reading

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who can like the highlands?

Or so asked Dr. Johnson after James Boswell had dragged him from Edinburgh to Inverness to Skye and back to the Lowlands. Boswell could, and soon set about immortalizing the tour. … Among the arts of life, Jean Cocteau once … Continue reading

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SPACE CADETS & MECHANIC METEORS

After generations of trial and error, mostly error, man’s age old dream of flying was realized near the end of the eighteenth century in the form of the hot air balloon. This was followed by several decades where daring aeronauts … Continue reading

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GUYS & DOLLS:SECRET LIVES IN THE DEER PARK:

It was an age often out of character but never out of characters. A new element was in the air: doubt. The Age of Reason had unbolted one of the doors of intellectual history. From that time on, man has … Continue reading

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DISTINCT FROM THE AMBIANCE OF HISTORY

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous … Continue reading

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GOTHIC D.I.Y & FORGETTING TO DIE

You can build it. We can help. Lets build something together.So the slogans go. ┬áThe eighteenth-century quest for the shudders went well beyond the craving for ”horrid” novels and took the form of horrid architecture that seemed to be permeated … Continue reading

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