Speaker: James Caudle
“In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd: Boswell in London 1762-1763”
In autumn 1762, the ambitious clever, jovial and bumptious twenty-two year old Scotsman James Boswell traveled south from Edinburgh to London to seek his fortune in the capital. In his lively journal, he recorded his extraordinarily action-packed eight months there and his efforts to become a permanent Londoner. London in the Sixties (the 1760's) was a thrilling place, full of pleasures and dangers, wisdom and folly, high life and low life.
James Caudle will discuss the "jovial crowd" in which young James Boswell felt so alive and happy. His talk will bring to life the current events, everyday social life, and personalities celebrated in Boswell's London Journal
, unpublished until 1950, but now one of the best-loved works of eigthteenth century life writing. James Caudle is the Associate Editor of the Boswell Editions at Yale.
Union League, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago. Timing: spirits at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, program at 7:30.