Milestones: Jun. 1, 1987

DIED. Frederick A. Pottle, 89, emeritus professor of English at Yale University who wrote six books and edited 26 others from the diaries and papers of James Boswell, the 18th century Scottish gentleman and rakehell who gained immortality as Samuel Johnson's biographer; in New Haven, Conn. Pottle's 1950 edition of Boswell's London Journal sold more than 1 million copies and established his literary reputation as Boswell's Boswell. Noting his incompatibility with Boswell, Pottle once declared, "He was such a noisy, bouncy fellow, and I'm rather quiet and pensive."

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