What is a mutual admiration society?

A mutual admiration society is a group of literary logrollers. One writer praises the work of another with the implied understanding that when he publishes something his work will be praised in turn.-Like logrolling in general, it is based on the principle, “I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.” The phrase was popularized by Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1856 and 1857. Holmes said he once belonged to a Society of Mutual Admiration. “It was,” he wrote, “the first association to which I ever heard the term applied; a body of scientific young men in a great foreign city who admired their teacher, and to some extent each other.” Under date of April 19,1830, Thomas Babington Macaulay wrote to Macvey Napier: “We have had quite enough of puffing and [ 399 ] flattering each other in the Review. It is a vile taste for men united one literary undertaking to exchange their favors.” In Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra Enobafbus expresses the same idea when he says to Menas: “I will praise any man that will praise me.”