6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable book about a great achievement,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dr. Johnson's Dictionary: The Book That Defined the World: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World (Paperback)
Dr Johnson is a quotable figure, but he's not so well known for what he actually wrote, and in this readable book Hitchings tries to redress the balance. It's an interestingly organised study of Johnson's dictionary, Johnson the man and the eighteenth century, but it will perhaps be best received by people who are intrigued by language and have enjoyed books like David Crystal's Stories of English or the more recent Balderdash and Piffle. There are some good anecdotes here, as well as lots of fluent analysis. It's probably less arcane than it sounds, and Hitchings writes with style and a human touch. Recommended.