Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Dr. Calder [a Unitarian minister] said of Dr. [Samuel] Johnson on the publications of Boswell and Mrs. Piozzi, that he was like Actaeon, torn to pieces by his own pack.
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, pp. 18-19, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978).
Originally written in 1786; in Greek mythology, the huntsman Actaeon, having surprised the goddess Diana bathing, was turned by her into a stag and killed by his own hounds.