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Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Book that Defined the World: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World Hardcover – 11 Apr 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First Edition edition (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719566312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719566318
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'We know a great deal about Samuel Johnson...Hitchings approaches the formidable presence from a different angle, showing us how the whole man can be found in the pages of his Dictionary'. (Literary Review)

Hitchings offers us a highly entertaining guided tour...anyone interested in dictionaries, Dr Johnson or the English language will surely spend many happy hours with this book (The Independent)

A goldmine of pleasures . . . Hitchings has an infectious relish for words . . . Ingenious and fascinating (The Sunday Times)

Excellent. (Daily Express)

Immensely enjoyable, easily erudite (Scotland On Sunday)

I can warmly recommend Henry Hitching's book...affectionate in its portrayal of Johnson, the book itself is immensely likeable, written with serious intent and gentle good humour. (Spectator)

Lively and entertaining (Observer)

A pleasant stroll, with a genial guide, through Johnson's life...anyone who picks up this book will have a whale ("the largest of the fish") of a time ("the measure of duration") (The Independent on Sunday)

Clever, wittily-written and amusingly-arranged (The Guardian)

A rich, lively and attractive book. (The Times Literary Supplement)

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The brilliant story of how Dr Johnson suceeded in writing the first great English dictionary.

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