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Summer Reading: James Boswell and His ‘Thrilling Intellectual Adventure’

We continue our summer reading series today as we talk with Robert Zaretsky, Professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, and the author of Boswell’s Enlightenment. It’s a book about James Boswell, best known as the biographer of English writer Samuel Johnson. Boswell, a young Scot, went on what Zaretsky calls a […]

Boswells Enlightenment Book CoverWe continue our summer reading series today as we talk with Robert Zaretsky, Professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, and the author of Boswell's Enlightenment.

It’s a book about James Boswell, best known as the biographer of English writer Samuel Johnson.

Boswell, a young Scot, went on what Zaretsky calls a "thrilling intellectual adventure" to seek out the views of "the greatest thinkers of the age," including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and David Hume.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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