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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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  • 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: #1,899,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

“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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