Books: The Great Dissenter

YANKEE FROM OLYMPUS — Catherine Drinker Bowen — Little, Brown ($3).

Since the late great Justice Holmes died, in 1935, he has been the subject of eight books and 47 major articles. The latest is the most romantic — a fictionalized biography by Catherine Drinker Bowen, co-author with Barbara Von Meek of Beloved Friend (TIME, Feb. 1, 1937), fictionalized biography of the Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky.

There were only 27 states in the U.S. when Oliver Wendell Holmes was born (1841). William Henry (Tippecanoe) Harrison was President. Daniel Webster was Secretary of State. The best...

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