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Anniversary Essays on Johnson's Dictionary Paperback – February 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521049887 ISBN-10: 0521049881 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521049881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521049887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,128,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Book Description

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, this volume brings together fourteen original essays by international scholars of literature, lexicology, linguistics and bibliography. These essays present fresh scholarship on the Dictionary and open up novel perspectives and directions for future research.

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Jack Lynch is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He's the author of a series of books and articles -- some for scholarly audiences, some for popular audiences -- on eighteenth-century culture, Samuel Johnson, William Shakespeare, the history of the English language, English grammar and style, reference books, and forgery, fakery, and fraud.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
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For experts on Samuel Johnson and those very keen on the history and art of writing dictionaries. As a non-expert, I still enjoyed many of these narrow but deep essays. For example, if you want to know how Johnson handled hyphenated compounds buy this book.

This is not the book, given its high price and obscure topics, for one who just wants an introduction to Samuel Johnson or his dictionary. Many other books will do for this, not the least of which is James Boswell's great effort.
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