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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Born this day in 1740 - James Boswell, the Scottish lawyer and writer who is remembered most for his biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Not everyone was a fan of either Boswell or his subject. In 1791, Horace Walpole wrote -
"Boswell's book is gossiping. Often, indeed, Johnson made the most brutal speeches to living persons; for though he was good-natured at bottom, he was very ill-natured at top. He loved to dispute, to show his superiority. If his opponents were weak, he told them they were fools; if they vanquished him, he was scurrilous - to nobody more than to Boswell himself, who was contemptible for flattering him so grossly, and for enduring the coarse things he was continually vomiting on Boswell's own country, Scotland."


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