The Making of Johnson's Dictionary, 1746-1773 / Edition 2

The Making of Johnson's Dictionary, 1746-1773 / Edition 2

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by Allen Reddick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521568382

ISBN-13: 9780521568388

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Following the discovery of manuscript materials, including hundreds of unpublished additions and changes, for Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Allen Reddick describes the conception, composition, writing, and subsequent revision of the first great English dictionary, and the only dictionary created by a great writer. In this second edition of

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Following the discovery of manuscript materials, including hundreds of unpublished additions and changes, for Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Allen Reddick describes the conception, composition, writing, and subsequent revision of the first great English dictionary, and the only dictionary created by a great writer. In this second edition of his acclaimed study, Reddick incorporates new commentary and scholarship, and situates The Making of Johnson's Dictionary in current critical and scholarly debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521568388
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: Johnson's 'Mind … on the stretch': A Dictionary of the English Language; 2. 'The plan of my undertaking': the composition and purpose of the Plan of a Dictionary; 3. 'I can do it in three years': a false start on the Dictionary; 4. 'Ended, though not completed': the first edition published; 5. 'I know not how to get loose': the fourth edition; 6. 'Unexpected truth': the use of poetical authorities; 7. 'Factious in a factious age': theology and politics in the fourth edition; 8. 'The world must, at present, take it as it is': Johnson's Dictionary after 1773; Appendices; Notes; Revised and expanded index.

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The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This was a surprisingly interesting discourse on Johnson's dictionary.Reddick employs rigorous literary investigation to illuminate the process used by Dr. Johnson in the making of the first English dictionary.