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O’Connells’ Book Explores Friendships Among Literary, Legal Giants

A new book exploring the friendships among 18th-century literary figure Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and British socialist Harold Laski reveals how the relationships helped establish the legacy of Johnson and Holmes. “Friendships Across Ages: Johnson and Boswell; Holmes and Laski,” written by Jeffrey O’Connell, University of Virginia Samuel McCoy II Professor of Law, and his brother, Thomas E. O’Connell, President Emeritus of Berkshire (Mass.) Community College, is available now from Lexington Books. All four men were fascinated by, and wrote about, the law, although only Boswell and Holmes were lawyers.