Dimming the state’s literary light

Both Patrick and Baker sold students short with English standards

“A ROBUST GENIUS, born to grapple with whole libraries,” is how 18th-century biographer James Boswell described the illustrious British man of letters, Dr. Samuel Johnson. It’s a literary reference that’s likely familiar to Massachusetts governors Charlie Baker and Deval Patrick, as both were Harvard College English majors. September marks Johnson’s 310th birthday. His A Dictionary(...)

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