Or The Case of Mr. Boswell, this biography of Dr. Johnson's biographer challenges the tradition fostered by Macaulay and...

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Or The Case of Mr. Boswell, this biography of Dr. Johnson's biographer challenges the tradition fostered by Macaulay and others, that Boswell was a worthless, drunken sot and wastrel, morally and physically debauched. Lewis doesn't ignore Boswell's love for wine and women, but concentrates on his kind heart, friendliness and the fact that he did produce a literary masterpiece. There's great fascination in the period background, and some supposed on-the-scene reporting, though some tastes may find this a little too precious. But it is witty, colorful, and charming, whose introduction is particularly nice and whose personal warmth is backed by scholarly, careful treatment of history and fact. Perhaps not for the general public, the literary market will be a natural for Lewis' fine writing and the subjects and materials he handles so well.

Pub Date: Oct. 8, 1947

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Longmans, Green

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947