LIBRARIES, BOOK collecting, and SCOTTISH literature
The library of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, at Newhailes House is regularly associated with an unsubstantiated quote from Samuel Johnson who supposedly described it as 'the most learned drawing-room in Europe'. Though the veracity of the association is never likely to be proven, this essay considers: the development of the library; Lord Hailes's interactions with his peers; and contemporary references to his collection. How Johnson may have interpreted Lord Hailes's character is also considered in order to judge whether there is at least a reasonable basis for the association. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
GHOSTS in literature, SILENCE in literature, and BIOGRAPHIES of English authors
A literary criticism of several of the works of English author Samuel Johnson is presented. The author discusses Johnson's commentaries on ghosts that do not speak in William Shakepeare's "Hamlet" and Henry Fielding's novel "Tom Jones," and his relationship with his biographer James Boswell.