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

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Following the discovery of manuscript materials, including hundreds of unpublished additions and changes, for Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Allen Reddick describes the conception, composition, writing, and subsequent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.

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"...a major contribution to Johnsonian studies sure to endure the test of time." Eighteenth-Century Studies

"...a fascinating and wonderful piece of scholarly detective work....The chapter that Reddick bases solely on his new 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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    A fascinating study

    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.

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