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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work That Defined the English Language Hardcover – Oct 14 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184354296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843542964
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,104,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A fine new condensed version…it still rewards browsing far more than any other dictionary on the market.”—David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle
“If a dictionary can be said to have a personality, this one does…the great pleasure of such a book, [is] the way it returns language to us, expanding our ideas of what, exactly, English is…Lynch makes this monumental work manageable.”—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
“An immensely useful tool for any Johnsonian, whether scholar or general reader, and performed with Lynch’s well-known learning and precision.”—Paul Fussell, author of Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing and The Great War and Modern Memory
“Through the years I was working on John Adams, I kept an original edition of Johnson’s Dictionary at hand, as I became increasingly aware that the meanings of words in his time were often very different than in our day. I think this new edition has done all present-day lovers of the English language and of the incomparable Dr. Johnson a great service.”—David McCullough
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About the Author

Jack Lynch is a professor of English at Rutgers University and a Johnson scholar. He is the author of The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson and the editor of A Bibliography of Johnsonian Studies, 1986-1998. He also serves as joint editor of The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b001d08) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9b2192a0) out of 5 stars Amateurish edition, unworthy of a great work Aug. 5 2007
By A bookish fellow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's great fun to see a portable edition of the 'dixonary' as Thackeray's headmistress called it. However, this edition from the purveyors of the upscale office furnishings catalog needs a lot more editing and polishing. The Greek in the derivations, for one thing, is atrociously copyedited, replete with mistranscribed letters and spelling mistakes, and completely missing accentuation. This is unforgivable; Johnson, though no Classical scholar, tried to be scrupulously correct in his Greek spelling and accentuation. Johnson's English orthography is mostly updated to 21st century conventions, except when it randomly isn't. (The introduction says no updating has taken place. This is not true.) There is no information given about the editor, or his methods, which makes the whole work a bit suspect.

There are much better editions of the 'Dixonary' out there. Please, find a better one!
HASH(0x9b2bf5e8) out of 5 stars Great for the lover of language Aug. 26 2012
By Patricia A. Sowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having been an admirer of Johnson's for years, I finally set out to buy my own copy of his dictionary to study language of the period.
HASH(0x9aea3d5c) out of 5 stars Fun for browsing Jan. 17 2016
By Juan C. Larach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This guy Johnson, he must have really been a funny guy!