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Title:
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--soldier, scholar, judge
Author:
Aichele, Gary Jan.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1989.
Physical Description:
212 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805777840

9780805777666
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Summary

Aichele (political science, Juniata College, Pennsylvania) attempts to discard the many mythical Holmeses by returning to the historical record to find the authentic one. Not an easy task. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Reviews 3

Choice Review

Aichele (Juniata College) has produced a pleasantly readable biography that reworks the mass of Holmes literature--a commendable project in itself. Aichele devotes almost as many pages to Holmes's three-year Civil War experience as he does to Holmes's 49-year judicial career. Holmes, the scholar, a topic worthy of detailed attention, is also neglected, as is Holmes the persona, the influence for a generation of men of affairs and political scientists. Holmes's state court judicial work, the great bulk of unstudied materials he left, remains untapped. Although much more substantial than C.D. Bowen's Yankee From Olympus (1944), this work is not a scholarly study and is not near the quality of the several Holmes books by M.D. Howe. A comprehensive bibliographic essay shows a careful survey of the secondary Holmesian literature. The textual notes indicate almost exclusive reliance on secondary sources. Lower-division undergraduates, community college students, and general readers. T. P. Campbell Jr. Northeastern University


Booklist Review

As an American jurist of legendary stature, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., continues to engage popular interest, ensuring a sizable audience for this gracefully written biography. Although Aichele has condensed his work to fit the concise format of Twayne's Twentieth Century American Biography series, he has not hidden the complexities and apparent contradictions in his subject's life. An arrogant elitist who espoused social Darwinism, Holmes acquired a reputation as a liberal and progressive. A fervid abolitionist, he twice refused during the Civil War to serve as a Union officer for a black unit. A brilliant scholar, he despaired of distinguishing truth from expedience. Steering clear of both hagiography and muckraking, the author weaves a narrative that deftly intertwines public events and private thoughts, battlefield heroics and cloistered study, political speeches and domestic quarrels. Scholars will want to explore the sources identified in the author's bibliographic essay, but the general reader need look no further for a fascinating portrait of a remarkable man. Notes; to be indexed. BJC.


Choice Review

Aichele (Juniata College) has produced a pleasantly readable biography that reworks the mass of Holmes literature--a commendable project in itself. Aichele devotes almost as many pages to Holmes's three-year Civil War experience as he does to Holmes's 49-year judicial career. Holmes, the scholar, a topic worthy of detailed attention, is also neglected, as is Holmes the persona, the influence for a generation of men of affairs and political scientists. Holmes's state court judicial work, the great bulk of unstudied materials he left, remains untapped. Although much more substantial than C.D. Bowen's Yankee From Olympus (1944), this work is not a scholarly study and is not near the quality of the several Holmes books by M.D. Howe. A comprehensive bibliographic essay shows a careful survey of the secondary Holmesian literature. The textual notes indicate almost exclusive reliance on secondary sources. Lower-division undergraduates, community college students, and general readers. T. P. Campbell Jr. Northeastern University