The Making of Johnsons Dictionary 1746-1773 by Allen ReddickThe Making of Johnsons Dictionary 1746-1773 by Allen Reddick

The Making of Johnsons Dictionary 1746-1773

byAllen ReddickEditorTerry Belanger

Paperback | January 26, 1996

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Following the discovery of manuscript materials, including hundreds of unpublished additions and changes, for Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Allen Reddick describes the conception, composition, writing, and subsequent revision of the first great English dictionary, and the only dictionary created by a great writer. In this second edition of his acclaimed study, Reddick incorporates new commentary and scholarship, and situates The Making of Johnson's Dictionary in current critical and scholarly debate.
Title:The Making of Johnsons Dictionary 1746-1773Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521568382

ISBN - 13:9780521568388

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: Johnson's 'Mind ... on the stretch': A Dictionary of the English Language; 2. 'The plan of my undertaking': the composition and purpose of the Plan of a Dictionary; 3. 'I can do it in three years': a false start on the Dictionary; 4. 'Ended, though not completed': the first edition published; 5. 'I know not how to get loose': the fourth edition; 6. 'Unexpected truth': the use of poetical authorities; 7. 'Factious in a factious age': theology and politics in the fourth edition; 8. 'The world must, at present, take it as it is': Johnson's Dictionary after 1773; Appendices; Notes; Revised and expanded index.

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"An important, exact, and fascinating book." Bibliographical Society of America