'… a major contribution to Johnsonian studies sure to endure the test of time … a methodological model that will doubtless influence future scholarship well beyond eighteenth-century or lexicographical studies … surely a landmark study.' British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
'After Reddick, there can be no return to any unexamined sense of the Dictionary's wholeness. At the same time, he makes Johnson's achievement appear, if anything, greater, a more deeply human monument built out of shreds and patches.' The Times Literary Supplement
'… a fascinating and wonderful piece of scholarly detective work … The chapter that Reddick bases solely on his new discoveries … is as good a single chapter as anyone has written in any book on Johnson of the last thirty years.' The Age of Johnson
'An important, exact, and fascinating book.' Bibliographical Society of America
'… a landmark study.' Eighteenth-Century Studies '… a fascinating and wonderful piece of scholarly detective work.' The Age of Johnson
Allen Reddick's acclaimed study of the conception, composition, writing and subsequent revision of the first great English dictionary, using newly discovered manuscript materials. This second edition incorporates new commentary and scholarship.