Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell : Holmes and Laski

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Lexington Books, 2008 - 193 σελίδες
Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell; Holmes and Laski considers each man and goes on to compare two unlikely but pivotal friendships. Through their writing and publishing, young James Boswell and Harold Laski both served their much older friends, Samuel Johnson and Oliver Wendell Holmes respectively, in brilliant fashion. Boswell's biography preserves Johnson for the present-day reader as richly as any other biography has ever done. Though less commonly acknowledged, Laski preserves Holmes in a similar fashion. Just as the greatest part of Johnson's fame lies not in his prolific literary efforts, but rather in his persona (as captured by his exchanges with Boswell), Holmes's place in history likewise cannot be based solely on his prolific professional writings, but instead more broadly on his persona, captured best in his correspondence with Laski.
Both Boswell and Laski were outcasts from the societies in which they lived: the former was a Scot, the latter a Jew. Both were, and continue to be, scorned: Laski as a boastful, prevaricating self-promoter, and Boswell as a buffoon, lecher, and drunk. However, each managed to befriend a much older man, a great man of his age, and carried on for twenty years an historically important relationship that was partly junior to mentor, partly son to father, but mostly stimulating mind to stimulating mind.
 

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FROM DOCTOR JOHNSON TO JUSTICE HOLMES TO PROFESSOR LASKI
9
JOHNSON
27
BOSWELL
55
HOLMES
67
LASKI
101
FATHERS AND FEMALES
123
THE OLYMPIANS COMPARED
135
THE OUTSIDERS COMPARED
163
INDEX
183
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Jeffrey O'Connell is the Samuel H. McCoy, II Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. Thomas E. O'Connell is professor and former president at Bellevue (Washington) Community College.

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