Tercentenary essays

The original Life of Samuel Johnson is, he says, infected throughout with 'Boswell’s preening sense of self-esteem at the company he kept’. The desire to do Boswell down means that Nokes sometimes dismisses him when he can be most helpful. Boswell, says Nokes, 'eagerly noted down’ Johnson’s famous remark that patriotism is 'the last refuge of a scoundrel’ before going on to argue that of course 'he did not mean it’. What Boswell actually argued was that Johnson, a true English patriot if ever there was one, was referring not to 'real and generous love of our country’

Tercentenary essays

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