Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic poets, Shakspeare is not more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second. He has distanced all his... Essays, Critical and Miscellaneous - Página 139por Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1856 - 744 páginasVista completa
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...this sense is from 1831, in Macaulay's estimation of Boswell's superiority in the art of biography: 'He has no second. He has distanced all his competitors...place them. Eclipse is first, and the rest nowhere.' The sense of 'place' from which the racing usage derives is that of 'position or standing in the social...