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By that time in her life the poet's widow had become exhausted answering inquiries and had developed two ways of handling them. The first was to put a letter aside for three months and consider it answered . The second was even easier: she would simply not open the mail. When Michael presented his request she was aroused to interest because it was uncommon. Most people asked for material about William Butler Yeats; those interested in the father seldom bothered to find out whether she had documents that might relate to him.

In Schenectady, meanwhile, settling in as a young Assistant Professor, I became active in local community affairs. Like David Worcester and many others of that generation, Rooseveltian New Dealers all , I had become interested in politics and hoped to join in the founding of the Brave New World. In 1948 I was asked by the local Democratic Party to run for Congress, not because I was a potential winner but because the district was so heavily Republican-only one Democrat had been elected since the Civil War, and he for a single term-that none of the old-line Democrats wanted to run .

When Croker came in 1831 to edit Boswell's Life, he had what might see m to us the exce llen t id ea of trying to inc orporat e in it exce rp ts from much of this non-Boswellian information, so as to produce some th ing like a co n tin uous narrative of J ohnson's d oings during at least th e lat er part of his life. As we have seen , M a caulay tore it to pi eces; ha ving affirmed that Boswell wa s th e first of biographers as decid edly as Shakespeare was th e first of 28 Donald Greene dramati st s, he objected to having th e pure text of th e M aster diluted by su ch inferi or producti ons as th ose of H awkins a nd Piozzi.

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