I would like to compile a list of Boswell in fiction, and I need your help.
There are numerous references to Boswell in works of fiction, and you are very welcome to write about those, but my main interest just now is to learn more about actual fictionalized accounts of James Boswell.
Some of the best known, to me, are:
- Lillian de la Torre's books about Sam. Johnson, detector, in which Boswell takes on the role of Watson to Johnson's Holmes.
- Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles, the 1993 TV production starring Robbie Coltrane as Johnson and John Sessions as Boswell in an entirely fictional account of their journey to the Hebrides, based very loosely on the accounts both of them published after their journey in 1773. Somehow I think John Sessions might actually have made a decent Boswell, but the manuscript and the director clearly wouldn't let him.
- Boswell for the Defence, the 1989 play starring Leo McKern as Boswell in a wholly fictionalized story taking place in (as I recall it) 1793.
Do write if you know of any others, even if Boswell isn't among the main characters.
Looking forward to hearing from you all.
Best wishes to you all,