TITLE

HOLMES-LASKI LETTERS (Book)

AUTHOR(S)
Biddle, Francis
PUB. DATE
March 1953
SOURCE
New Republic;3/23/53, Vol. 128 Issue 12, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article provides information on the book "Holmes-Laski Letters: The Correspondence of Mr. Justice Holmes & Harold J. Laski, 1916-1935," edited by Mark Dewolfe Howe. This is an extraordinary correspondence, not only for the wit and charm and insight of both men, but because in spite of their difference in age, in background, in point of view, the letters record a warm and almost dependent friendship. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was then seventy-seven, wrote to his friend, Sir Frederick Pollock from Beverly a few days after the two met about socialist leader Harold Laski. The letters became a long highly articulate conversation of two men who had in common an absorbing interest in the life of the mind and of the human spirit. If Laski possessed "eloquence, imagination, memory, dialectic powers, generosity," the other had rare style, wit, and an artist's feeling.
ACCESSION #
14555074

 

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