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JSA authors have been busy Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:19

Professor Tim Entwisle: Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons

John Wiltshire: The Hidden Jane Austen

Paul Tankard: Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Bronwen Hickmann: Mary Gaunt, Independent Colonial Woman

JSA members have been busy writing and publishing books, as this article shows:

Distinguished career of Gordon Turnbull Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:11

The Patron of the Johnson Society of Australia, and our 2014 Fleeman Memorial Lecturer, Australian-born Gordon Turnbull has been since 1997 General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions.

In this capacity.  he succeeds some of the almost legendary names of eighteenth-century editorial scholarship, among them Frederick Pottle, Frank Brady, and Marshall Waingrow. Continuing their work, he oversees a global editorial team bringing to publication selections of the vast archive of James Boswell's private papers, most of which had been suppressed by Boswell's descendants and were rediscovered only in the twentieth century.

New venue for AGM Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:59

There will be a new venue for the 2014 JSA Annual General Meeting and David Fleeman Lecture, to be given by our Patron Dr Gordon Turnbull, on October 25.

The AGM will begin at 3.30pm sharp, and the Fleeman Lecture at 5pm.

The meeting will be held at Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, between Queen Street and Market Street. Trams serve both Flinders Street and Collins Street from either Southern Cross or Flinders St stations.

Keeping Boswell in repair Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:08

“Keeping Boswell in Constant Repair" is the title of Gordon Turnbull’s 2014 Fleeman Memorial Lecture. He explains:

The popularity of Boswell's Life of Johnson somehow manages to survive the assaults, many of them fully justified, on its adequacy as a comprehensive or veridical rendering of the real or historical Johnson, especially of Johnson the author.

This paper argues that argument over the validity of the depiction was precisely Boswell's point, and that the generation of a copious and revisionist Johnsonian biographical and critical industry is the successful outcome of his deeper agenda.

Beneath Boswell's vaunting claims for the authoritative authenticity of his depiction lie deeper hesitancies, and his decision to bequeath to posterity the diaries, the letters he solicited and from which he culled selectively, and his other working papers, precisely allows and indeed foments an interrogatory scrutiny of what he chose to publish in 1791.

What Boswell offered is a complex contribution to that at which the Boswellian version of Johnson himself excelled: conversation, deliberately provocative, at once combative and consolatory.

Varied program for 2014 seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:02

The fascinating story of Four Oaks Farm, where for over 60 years Donald and Mary Hyde built the great Johnson Collection, now held at Harvard, was a feature of the JSA’s 2014 seminar, held on July 5.

The paper was given by John Byrne, President of the JSA who corresponded with Mary Hyde for twenty years, and served with her as Governor of Dr Johnson's House. Last year at the Houghton Library, Harvard, he was given private access to the Hyde treasures.

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