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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring the Highlands and the Western Islands of Scotland. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions and later published separate accounts of their journey together. The account of their great tour is one of the finest pieces of travel writing ever produced: it is a historical document and also a portrait of two extraordinary personalities. The juxtaposition of the two very different accounts creates a portrait of a society which was utterly alien to the Europe of the Enlightenment, and straining on the brink of calamitous change. Journey to the Hebrides: "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland", "Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides" (Canongate Classics).

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