Sir Robert Chambers (1737-1803) was a literary as well as a legal man. Friend and collaborator of Samuel Johnson, professor of English law at Oxford University, and one of the four judges on the first Supreme Court of India, Chambers was an enormously influential figure in the eighteenth-century British empire. This book is the first authoritative biography of Chambers and is also the first major contribution in decades to historical scholarship on Johnson. It demonstrates Chambers's important role in early English legal education, in Samuel Johnson's life and political thinking, and in the formation of British India during a period of active cultural exchange between East and West.
Thomas M. Curley is professor of English at Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts. He is the editor of "A Course of Lectures on the English Law, "1767 1773, Volumes 1and 2, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and the author of "Samuel Johnson and the Age of Travel.""