"I mean there's the Boswell"
James Boswell in 1765
Public DomainJames Boswell in 1765 - Credit: George Willison

 James Boswell (1740-1795) was a Scottish lawyer, diarist and author. He is best-known for his biography of Dr Samuel Johnson, the poet, literary critic, and lexicographer. The biography was published in 1791 under the title Life of Samuel Johnson.