Today, at 3:30pm, in 1210 McClung Tower, the Nineteenth-Century British Research Seminar will present a talk by Professor? Gordon Turnbull entitled “Quoting What Comes Naturally: Boswell and Biographical Possession.”
Professor Turnbull has been, since 1997, General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions. 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. Under his direction, seven volumes in the Yale Research Series of Boswell’s papers have appeared, including most recently the third of the projected four volumes of the genetic transcription of the heavily revised manuscripts of Boswell’s biographical masterwork, the Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), edited by Thomas F. Bonnell.
Gordon Turnbull is an honors graduate of the Australian National University, in Canberra, and came to Yale as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. He has taught in the Yale English Department and at Smith College, is the author of numerous scholarly and critical essays on Boswell, Johnson, and their circle, has taught and lectured widely on these authors, and is a featured speaker at the annual Boswell Book Festival at Boswell’s family estate in Auchinleck, Scotland. His edition of Boswell’s London Journal 1762-1763, the first re-editing of this famous diary since Frederick A. Pottle’s almost iconic worldwide bestseller of 1950, appeared in 2010 from Penguin Classics.
This event is free and open to the public.