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" The Life of Johnson is assuredly a great, a very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic poets, Shakspeare is not more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first... "
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by William Brough (bookseller.) - 1853
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Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1799
...yet appeared.' Letters of Bos•avell, p. 265. ' Pope's Prologue to Addison's Cato, l. 4. * • . . . Boswell is the first of biographers. He has distanced...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere.' Macaulay's Essays, i. 374. ' See post, Sept. 17, 1777, and Malone's note of March 15, 1781,...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1799
...yet appeared." Letters of Bos•well, p. 265. 1 Pope's Prologue to Addison's Cato, 1. 4. * ' . . . Boswell is the first of biographers. He has distanced...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere.' Macaulay's Essays, i. 374. ' See post, Sept. 17. 1777, and Malone's note of March 15, 1781,...
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The Edinburgh Review, Volume 105

1857
...not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors so decidedly...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere. ' We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect so strange a phaenomenon...
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The Olio, Or, Museum of Entertainment, Volume 8

1832
...not more decidedly theT>rst of orators, than Bos well is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors so decidedly,...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere. We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect so strange a phenomenon...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of his tour to ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1835
...decidedly the first of dramatists, — Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has distanced...while to place them: Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere. We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect so singular a phenomenon...
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John Eddowes (bookseller.) - 1840
...DECIDEDLY THE FIRST OF DRAMATISTS, — DEMOSTHENES IS 1>OT MORE DECIDEDLY THE FIRST OF ORATORS, THAN BOSWELL is THE FIRST OF BIOGRAPHERS. He has distanced...is not worth while to place them : Eclipse is first nnd all the rest nowhere. We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect...
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Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 2

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1840
...not more decidedly the first of orators, than Bos well is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors so decidedly,...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere. We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect so strange a phenomenon...
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Essays, Critical and Miscellaneous

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1846 - 758 pages
...not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors so decidedly,...while to place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere. We are not sure that there is in the whole history of the human intellect so strange a phenomenon...
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The Dublin review, Volume 23

1847
...more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has distanced all his competitors," &c. Such, too, is the general opinion, maintained from its origin in unimpaired favour now after the...
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Notes and Queries

1867
...great, a very great work"; adding very justly: " Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors so decidedly,...that it is not worth while to place them. Eclipse is rirst, and the rest nowhere." Of this wonderful book, we have now before us, a wonderfully cheap and...
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