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Anniversary Essays on Johnson's Dictionary
     

Anniversary Essays on Johnson's Dictionary

by Anne McDermott (Editor), Jack Lynch (Editor)
 

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, the first great English dictionary and one of the most famous books in the English language, appeared in April 1755. To commemorate the 250th anniversary, this volume brings together fourteen original essays by international scholars representing several disciplines: literature, lexicology, linguistics and

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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, the first great English dictionary and one of the most famous books in the English language, appeared in April 1755. To commemorate the 250th anniversary, this volume brings together fourteen original essays by international scholars representing several disciplines: literature, lexicology, linguistics and bibliography. The essays explore familiar and unfamiliar aspects of Johnson's masterpiece, ranging from the history of patronage to the book's typographical design, from the political background to the treatment of compound words. Challenging the myths surrounding the book and offering the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the Dictionary ever attempted, these essays present fresh scholarship on the Dictionary and open up novel perspectives and directions for future research.

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"...this volume elegantly surveys current assessments of Johnson's imposing and critically challenging work and offers hints for future critical inquiry. All the essays are cogent, persuasively argued, and well documented... Admirers of Johnson's enduring lexicographical intervention will find here a work that omits little and offers a great deal. Summing Up: Essential."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521848442
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Jack Lynch is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University.

Anne McDermott is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham.

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