James, 1740–95, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson.
any devoted biographer of a specific person.
Contemporary Examples

Obama’s Youth Brigade Burns Out Dayo Olopade June 2, 2010
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard August 28, 2009
Benghazi Resignations Begin Eli Lake December 18, 2012
The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known Ed McClanahan August 29, 2014
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard August 28, 2009

Historical Examples

Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) John Hill Burton
A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 George Saintsbury
The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
Baseball Joe in the Big League Lester Chadwick
James Boswell William Keith Leask

James. 1740–95, Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)


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