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Defining the World The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary

Defining the World The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312426200
  • ISBN: 0312426208
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Picador

AUTHOR

Hitchings, Henry

SUMMARY

A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year In 1746, Samuel Johnson undertook the Herculean task of writing the first comprehensive English dictionary. Imagining he could complete the job in three years, Johnson in fact took more than eight, and the dictionary itself turned out to be as much a work of literature as it was an invaluable reference. In alphabetized chapters, from "Adventurous" to "Zootomy," Henry Hitchings tells of Johnson's toil and triumph and offers a closer look at the definitions themselves, which were alive with invention, poetry, erudition, and, at times, hilarious imprecision. The story of Johnson's adventure into the essence of words is an entertainment that "sparkles on every page" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).Hitchings, Henry is the author of 'Defining the World The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary', published 2006 under ISBN 9780312426200 and ISBN 0312426208.

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