James Boswell

1740 - 1795

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James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (; 29 October 1740 (N.S.) – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish biographer, diarist, and lawyer, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for his biography of his friend and older contemporary the English writer Samuel Johnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Boswell has received more than 672,860 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). James Boswell is the 2,260th most popular writer (down from 2,250th in 2019), the 1,713th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,645th in 2019) and the 198th most popular British Writer.

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  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

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  • 4.05

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Among writers, James Boswell ranks 2,260 out of 5,794Before him are Larry Niven, S. S. Van Dine, Eustache Deschamps, Miloš Crnjanski, Bálint Balassi, and Terry Goodkind. After him are Henri Desgrange, Li Shangyin, Ivan Mažuranić, Annie M. G. Schmidt, Jean-Antoine de Baïf, and Jens Fink-Jensen.

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Among people born in 1740, James Boswell ranks 15Before him are Giambattista Bodoni, Bernard-René Jourdan de Launay, Johann van Beethoven, Johann Jacob Schweppe, Louis-Sébastien Mercier, and Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein. After him are Matthias Claudius, Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine, Juan Ignacio Molina, John Latham, Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, and Anders Johan Lexell. Among people deceased in 1795, James Boswell ranks 17Before him are Samuel Wallis, Josiah Wedgwood, Archduke Alexander Leopold of Austria, Charles II August, Duke of Zweibrücken, Antonio de Ulloa, and Pieter Boddaert. After him are Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart, Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, Louis Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Grigory Shelikhov, Henry Clinton, and Giovanni Arduino.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Boswell ranks 1,713 out of 6,924Before him are Princess Augusta of Great Britain (1737), Paul Bettany (1971), Pasquale Anfossi (1727), Steve Howe (1947), Nevil Maskelyne (1732), and Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1874). After him are Eleanor of Woodstock (1318), Adrian Newey (1958), Donald Maclean (1913), Godwin, Earl of Wessex (1001), Christopher Hitchens (1949), and William Etty (1787).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, James Boswell ranks 198Before him are Kenneth Grahame (1859), George Whitefield (1714), Anna Sewell (1820), John Wyndham (1903), Karen Armstrong (1944), and William Beckford (1760). After him are Frederick Marryat (1792), Dick Francis (1920), David Gemmell (1948), Rebecca West (1892), Nevil Shute (1899), and Samuel Smiles (1812).