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  • adj. Of or pertaining to James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish lawyer and writer, best known for his biography of Samuel Johnson.

Etymologies

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Boswell +‎ -ian

Examples

  • Kong; and in 1998, Sir Vidia's Shadow, which purports to be a biography of his mentor, VS Naipaul but, as one reviewer puts it, is a "mixture of autobiography, Boswellian chronicle, and poison-pen letter".

    Paul Theroux biography

  • I wish I could be more Boswellian about the particulars of the conversation but I was trying so hard not to look constipated that I may have missed some nuggets.

    Averting a Super-Atomic Noogie thru the Art of Discretion: James Wolcott

  • It is a trivial, naive and rather thin production, but it has something of the true Boswellian touch, and builds up before us a lifelike portrait.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • But the good bishop lived in an age when a man might write books and yet be permitted to keep his private existence to himself; in the pre-Boswellian [2] epoch, when the germ of the photographer lay concealed in the distant future, and the interviewer who pervades our age was an unforeseen, indeed unimaginable, birth of time.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • But the good bishop lived in an age when a man might write books and yet be permitted to keep his private existence to himself; in the pre-Boswellian † epoch, when the germ of the photographer lay concealed in the distant future, and the interviewer who pervades our age was an unforeseen, indeed unimaginable, birth of time.

    Autobiography

  • Seldom has a career of sexual misconduct been more scrupulously documented than the thirty-five years of Boswellian excess which followed.

    The Seductive Journalist

  • I had read several times the Boswellian conversation in which it occurred and was able to replace the whole question in that context; but I never thought that this (any more than a fairish knowledge of Schopenbauer) would gain me any particular credit.

    Surprised by Joy

  • When the weather permitted, we always sat in an arbor at the end of a spacious garden, and, in Boswellian phrase, "we had good talk."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • Emelene, and her usual Boswellian echo: "Of _course_."

    The Sturdy Oak A composite Novel of American Politics by fourteen American authors

  • Fact is, I am not a Boswellian, or a Johnsonian, either.

    A Confederate girl's diary,

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