Journey to the Hebrides: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

By James Boswell, Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the fall of 1773 traveling the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. either saved distinctive notes in their impressions, and later released separate money owed in their trip. those bills in their nice journey comprise a number of the most interesting items of shuttle writing ever produced: they're wonderful ancient files and in addition graphics of 2 amazing personalities.

In the brilliant prose of those recognized males of letters, the Highlands and the Western Islands spring to lifestyles. The juxtaposition of the 2 very various debts creates an unsurpassed portrait of a society which used to be completely alien to the Europe of the Enlightenment, and which was once straining on the point of calamitous switch. those nice masterpieces, unique, profound, and marvellously readable also are our final chronicles of a misplaced age and other people.

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