Manie und Querulantenwahn

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 13.09.00A.L. Rowse, Dalrymple reminds us, was

irascible and arrogant.

He

accused practically everyone who had ever taken a different view of things from his own of being ‘third-rate’. He almost alone was first-rate.

Rowse dismissed one reviewer thus:

He had never written a book himself and so was possessed with envy of those who can and do. This was all too boringly recognisable – one can smell it a mile off.

Something else can be smelt a mile off, says Dalrymple, namely

paranoia querulans.

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