From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (29 october 1740 - 19 may 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.
Conan Doyle and Boswell
- Through the Magic Door (1906) : Arthur Conan Doyle dedicated chapter III to Boswell.
- Prize Distribution at Tunbridge Wells. Sir A. Conan Doyle's Visit (1927) : During a lecture, Arthur Conan Doyle dealt at length with the merits and demerits of the writings of Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Boswell, Oliver Wendell Holmes and other authors..
In Conan Doyle stories
- [SH] A Scandal in Bohemia (1891) : Sherlock Holmes gave this surname to his friend Dr. John H. Watson. « I am lost without my Boswell. » (123)