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This volume contains the bulk of the surviving letters between Boswell and his friends and acquaintances in his years as a young adult. It contains his correspondance with actor West Digges, his many exchanges with Andrew Erskine (which were published in an edited form by the two as early as 1763) , as well as his early correspondence with Dr. Johnson.
"Overall, these letters document Boswell's fluid experiments in selfhood as he ponders his life's future possible trajectories - as soldier, lawyer, wit, author, bon-vivant, Scots lairds, or M.P. - and records, and tests against other sensibilities, his fascination with the unfolding drama of his existence."1
- 1. According to the introduction in the cover.
The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 1757-1763 was first published in 2006 as the ninth installment in the Research Series of correspondence in the Yale Boswell Editions.