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FT-269950-20

Brian Glover
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
The Boswell Club of Chicago, 1942-1972

The writing of an article about the Boswell Club of Chicago (active 1942–1972) and the role of this elite society on the American reception of Scottish writer James Boswell (1740–1795).

This scholarly article, which will be finished with the assistance of the NEH Summer Stipend, interprets the eighteenth-century Scottish author James Boswell's second "career" in the twentieth-century United States. Specifically, it will draw on previously unstudied archival documents to trace the history of the Boswell Club of Chicago (1942-1972), an organization of ordinary, non-scholarly readers dedicated to Boswell's life and work, to eighteenth-century literature more generally, and above all to male sociability. The project aims to enlarge not just our understanding of Boswell's literary significance, but our larger understanding of sociability and gender among the last generations of Americans whose childhood outlooks were shaped entirely by print media. It will be submitted to a scholarly journal by the end of August, 2020.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/20/2021 – 8/20/2021