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This is a very well written and highly readable account of the first really important English dictionary. It contains a wealth of information about Dr Johnson, about the eighteenth century, about London life and the English language. It's a sympathetic and sometimes very funny study. Who's it for? Anyone interested in the historical period, in language and ideas of correctness, in how the language got to where it is today, in books about books or in cultural history. It's a very interestingly organised book as well, with sections headed by entries from Johnson's dictionary, running through the alphabet from A to Z. Recommended.