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Defining the World

The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary

Defining the World( )
Author: Hitchings, Henry
ISBN:978-1-4299-2894-6
Publication Date:Oct 2006
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Ebook
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By the early eighteenth century, France and Italy had impressive lexicons, but there was no authoritative dictionary of English. Sensing the deficit, and impelled by a mixture of national pride and commercial expedience, the prodigious polymath Samuel Johnson embraced the task, turning over the garret of his London home to the creation of his own giant dictionary.

Johnson imagined that he could complete the job in three years. But the complexity of English meant that his...
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