Johnson and Boswell: The Transit of Caledonia

Synopsis

This is the first comprehensive treatment of Johnson and Boswell in relation to Scotland, as revealed in their accounts of their trip to the Hebrides in 1773. Locating the famous journey both within the context of travel writing in the decade of Cook's Pacific voyages, and in an intellectual, cultural, and literary context, Rogers explores the motives of both men in making the "Grand Detour" in the face of the anti-Scottish feeling of the period.