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Reading Experience:

?Boswell showed his genius in setting forth Johnson?s weaknesses as well as his strength. But if Boswell had been Johnson?s brother? I cannot be simply eulogistic if the portrait is to be lifelike; but I find it very hard to speak of defects without either concealing my opinion that they were defects. Or on the other hand, taking a tone of superiority & condescension.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Leslie Stephen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Nov 1832
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Literary critic, historian, journalist, biographer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Boswell
Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1791
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4053  
Source - Print  
  Author: Leslie Stephen
  Editor: John Bicknell
  Title: The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol 2 1882-1904
  Place of Publication: Ohio State University Press
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: 2
  Page: 434
  Additional comments: Letter from Leslie Stephen to Charles Eliot Norton (23/9/1894). Stephen was discussing the problems of writing the life of one's brother.

Citation: Leslie Stephen, John Bicknell (ed.), The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol 2 1882-1904  (Ohio State University Press, 1996), 2, p. 434,, accessed: 19 July 2024

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