“In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd”: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763

On ThursdayBoswell_poster_web, September 19, the Lewis Walpole Library will host a special showing of its current exhibition, “In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd”: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763, complete with a talk about James Boswell from exhibition curator, James Caudle, Associate Editor, Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell. This event is co-sponsored by the Farmington Libraries and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, and will take place at the Lewis Walpole Library at 154 Main Street, Farmington, at 7:00 p.m.

In autumn 1762, the ambitious, clever, jovial, and bumptious twenty-two-year-old Scotsman James Boswell traveled south from Edinburgh to London to seek his fortune in the capital. In his lively journal, he recorded his extraordinarily action-packed eight months there, and his efforts to become a permanent Londoner. London in the Sixties (the 1760s) was a thrilling place, full of pleasures and dangers, wisdom and folly, high life and low life. This exhibition aspires to place visitors ‘in the midst of the jovial crowd’ in which young James Boswell felt so alive and happy. Prints by Hogarth and Rowlandson and others, and rare books and ballads, will bring to life the current events, everyday social life, and personalities celebrated in Boswell’s London Journal, unpublished until 1950, but now one of the best-loved works of eighteenth-century life-writing.

This exhibition will be on view in Farmington until October 4, but this will be the only chance for a private showing hosted by the exhibition’s curator.

Space is limited to twenty-five participants; advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through this link. For more information, please consult the Farmington library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org.

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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