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I was a dictionary reader as a child, so it was inevitable that I would appreciate Johnson and his work. This book is an entertaining introduction to the man and the dictionary. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Robert B. Miller
This is a tale, well-told! It is the go-to book if you are only reading one book about Johnson or his dictionary. Lots of good details.Published on February 1, 2014 by B. F. Mooney
Does as it says on the tin. A potted experience of the story of that great book of stories. iPublished on December 8, 2013 by Gide Wilder
I was one of those bright, autodidactic kids whose idea of a great way to pass a rainy afternoon was to curl up with a volume of the encyclopedia, or with a large dictionary, and... Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Michael K. Smith
Hitchings' book is very interesting. It provides the best of Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson in regard to his dictionary but spares the reader the agonizing details of Johnson's... Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Geryon
This is a wonderful story wonderfully told about one of the great characters -- and minds -- in history. Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by E. Gilbert
Dr. Samuel Johnson created the first comprehensive English dictionary almost single-handedly, and this book traces the story of it's creation. Read morePublished on April 22, 2008 by T. M. Jackson
This is an extraordinary book itself--part biography, part intellectual history, part cultural history, part criticism and part paean. Read morePublished on January 5, 2007 by Stephen C. Turner
If you're a lexplorer like me, if on the way to looking up "occurrence" for the seventy-third time to see if it's two c's or two r's (both) and an "e" or and "a" (an e) and get... Read morePublished on November 8, 2006 by Dana Stabenow