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Anniversary Essays on Johnson's Dictionary [Paperback]

Jack Lynch , Anne McDermott

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31 Jan 2008 0521049881 978-0521049887 1
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, the first great English dictionary and one of the most famous books in the English language, appeared in April 1755. To commemorate the 250th anniversary, this volume brings together fourteen original essays by international scholars representing several disciplines: literature, lexicology, linguistics and bibliography. The essays explore familiar and unfamiliar aspects of Johnson's masterpiece, ranging from the history of patronage to the book's typographical design, from the political background to the treatment of compound words. Challenging the myths surrounding the book and offering the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the Dictionary ever attempted, these essays present fresh scholarship on the Dictionary and open up novel perspectives and directions for future research.

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'This book is an essential addition to any serious collection in the field of English studies or bibliography.' Rare Books Newsletter

'The Dictionary owes not all but most of the attention that it receives to the fact that it is Johnson's, one more work to be read for evidence of his peculiarities, hobby horses, and strengths or weaknesses. It is good to find the Dictionary investigated and discussed here for itself, as a book - a hugely influential work of reference that can be seen in other contexts besides the biographical. … The effect of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, for each paper offers access to a way of thinking and to a range of sources that may be new to the exclusively literary, bibliographical, or lexicographical reader.' Times Literary Supplement

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To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, this volume brings together fourteen original essays by international scholars of literature, lexicology, linguistics and bibliography. These essays present fresh scholarship on the Dictionary and open up novel perspectives and directions for future research.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on a Harmless Drudge 29 Nov 2006
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For experts on Samuel Johnson and those very keen on the history and art of writing dictionaries. As a non-expert, I still enjoyed many of these narrow but deep essays. For example, if you want to know how Johnson handled hyphenated compounds buy this book.

This is not the book, given its high price and obscure topics, for one who just wants an introduction to Samuel Johnson or his dictionary. Many other books will do for this, not the least of which is James Boswell's great effort.
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