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An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to That Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli
     

An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to That Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli

by James Boswell, James T. Boulton (Editor), T. O. McLoughlin (Editor)
 

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This first complete reprint of Boswell's book on Corsica since the eighteenth century is enhanced by comprehensive annotation, textual apparatus, and a critical introduction. Boswell designed his text in two parts: first, an Account of Corsica, which gives a historical, political, socio-economic, and cultural overview of the Corsican people, and second, the

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This first complete reprint of Boswell's book on Corsica since the eighteenth century is enhanced by comprehensive annotation, textual apparatus, and a critical introduction. Boswell designed his text in two parts: first, an Account of Corsica, which gives a historical, political, socio-economic, and cultural overview of the Corsican people, and second, the Journal of his tour to see the Corsican leader Pascal Paoli in 1765. This edition, unlike so many reprints of just the Journal, allows the reader to appreciate Boswell's original design.

The young and adventuresome Boswell wanted to write a book that would swing public opinion, and perhaps the British government, to support the Corsicans in their struggle for independence. He was well aware that his English readers had but the haziest ideas about Corsica gleaned from but snatches of news in the papers. The first part would therefore provide the context within which to understand and appreciate his account of his journey to and meeting with Paoli.

The complete text also illustrates aspects of Boswell that have received less attention than they might, namely, his sense of history, his political enthusiasm for national liberty, and his scholarship. He brings to the book a solid foundation in the Classics and the law, a facility in French and Italian, and a sensitivity to writing that, as the notes show, is evident in the reworking of his manuscript. The editors' introduction and the extensive annotation point up Boswell the scholar—assiduous, sedulous to get at the relevant sources, careful to do justice to those he disagreed with, and open about seeking and acknowledging advice. The text reveals Boswell as a serious and independent thinker and a writer committed to Corsica's independence. What he argued for and presumed was about to be achieved is still a matter of debate in Corsica and metropolitan France.

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"Boulton and McLoughlin are skilled textual editors, and they deliver a clean well-annotated text with a useful but unobtrusive scholarly apparatusAn especially valuable aspect of this edition is its Introduction. Clearly written, it fully but concisely offers a wealth of helpful information for the reader coming to Corsica for the first timeBoulton and McLoughlin's Corsica constitutes an important and much needed contribution to the Boswell canon."—The Eighteenth-Century News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195165838
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/23/2005
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James T. Boulton is Emeritus Professor of English Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Science at the University of Birmingham. T. O. McLoughlin is Professor of English at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France.

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