Friday, May 06, 2022

Quote of the Week: A Model for Pundits for Centuries to Come

For all its obnoxiousness, Boyle against Bentley is an extremely entertaining read, something which could never be said for Bentley's Dissertation itself. Macaulay thought it was a masterpiece, though only in its own way: the limited field of tag-team attacks on worthier opponents. He later expands on this view, dubbing it 'the best book ever written by any man on the wrong side of a question of which he was profoundly ignorant,' a neatly double-edged evaluation of the Boyle groups' wit and their ability as classicists.

 - Dennis Duncan, Index, A History of the, p.149

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