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The Voice booming out in quotes

One of the things, the thing I think that makes Boswell’s Life of Johnson the great work that it is, is that on every page you hear as Virginia Woolf said the voice of Johnson himself, Johnson comes to life and he comes to life because Boswell spent so long with him, and Boswell recorded his conversations with Samuel Johnson and reproduced those conversations.  So you have in Boswell’s Life of Johnson the words of Johnson himself, the voice of Johnson himself, so you hear that voice as Virginia Woolf says booming out.

Ray Monk, Seymour Biography Lecture  19/9/2014 National Library of Australia

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