The hooded hawk; or, The case of Mr. Boswell

by D. B. Wyndham Lewis

Hardcover, 1946




London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, [1946]

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James Boswell, (1740 – 1795), Scottish biographer & diarist, He is best known for the biography he wrote of the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language
"The case of Mr. Boswell” is the 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.… (more)



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