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Dr Johnson's Dictionary : The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World - Henry Hitchings

Dr Johnson's Dictionary : The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World

Paperback Published: May 2006
ISBN: 9780719566325
Number Of Pages: 288

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Brilliantly entertaining and enlightening, this volume tells the story of Samuel Johnson's endeavour to create an authoritative English dictionary. Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure--his ambition and vision, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way, and his ultimate triumph.

A "Los Angeles Times" Favourite Book of the Year

In 1746, Samuel Johnson undertook the Herculean task of writing the first comprehensive English dictionary. Imagining he could complete the job in three years, Johnson in fact took more than eight, and the dictionary itself turned out to be as much a work of literature as it was an invaluable reference. In alphabetized chapters, from "Adventurous" to "Zootomy," Henry Hitchings tells of Johnson's toil and triumph and offers a closer look at the definitions themselves, which were alive with invention, poetry, erudition, and, at times, hilarious imprecision. The story of Johnson's adventure into the essence of words is an entertainment that "sparkles on every page" - "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

'Hitchings offers us a highly entertaining guided tour...anyone interested in dictionaries, Dr Johnson or the English language will surely spend many happy hours with this book' -- The Independent

'Ingenious and fascinating' -- The Sunday Times

'Excellent.' -- Daily Express

'Immensely enjoyable, easily erudite' -- Scotland On Sunday

'I can warmly recommend Henry Hitching's book...affectionate in its portrayal of Johnson, the book itself is immensely likeable, written with serious intent and gentle good humour.' -- Spectator

'Lively and entertaining' -- Observer

'A pleasant stroll, with a genial guide, through Johnson's life' -- The Independent on Sunday

'Clever, wittily-written and amusingly-arranged' -- The Guardian

'A rich, lively and attractive book.' -- The Times Literary Supplement

'Hitchings writes with Johnsonian clarity and verve ... This is a charming book' -- Evening Standard 'A clever, sympathetic and witty sketch of both man and book.' -- Waterstones Books Quarterly

'A goldmine of pleasures...Hitchings has an infectious relish for words' - Phil Baker -- The Sunday Times

'Full of elegance and nail-on-the-head wit' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Hitchings has produced an absorbing account of Johnson's Dictionary that is as likeable as it is learned' -- Independent

'Hitchings excellent book is both a great potted guide to the dictionary and its creation, and a marvellous biography of Johnson...A must-have for devotees of the English Language' -- Observer

'Excellent... Hitching's book is full of serendipitous felicities' -- David Nokes, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'In [Johnson's] description of "dull" he writes: "Not exhilarating; not delightful; as, to make dictionaries is dull work." Nobody could describe Hitching's book as dull' -- Colin Waters, Sunday Herald

'This story is a pleasurable stroll through Johnson's life, and combines elements of biography with social history and an examination of Johnson's concerns, illustrated by examples from the great work itself.' -- Irish Times

'Memorable passages on a range of fascinating subjects.' -- The Good Book Guide

'An engaging profile of one of London's great characters' -- Time Out, Tom Howard

'Henry Hitchings (a fine 18th-century name that) is a remarkable young scholar of the age of Johnson, and his DR JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY, arranged alphabetically like the eponymous original whose 250th anniversary it celebrates, offers an entertaining window on this most fascinating character and his times' -- BBC History Magazine

'Entertaining study...The great strength of Hitching's book is the compliment he pays to Johnson by so lavishly quoting from the Dictionary' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Hitchings has written a lively and appetite-whetting biography of the great book itself...one of the most fascinating and influential literary endeavours in the history of English literature' -- Herald

'Henry Hitchings' book on Samuel Johnson's mighty Dictionary is so good, so apposite, so chewy and edible, that I felt as if I were rereading it on my first pass' -- Will Self, New Statesman

'Hugely entertaining, it's a real treat for word lovers' -- Sainsburys Magazine

'The author is to be congratulated on narrating the drudgery of the dictionary's compilation so engagingly' -- Evening Standard

'The author has followed ably in the footsteps of his subject, producing a witty and learned book on a man whose work shaped, and continues to shape, the way we speak and think' -- The Good Book Guide

'An extraordinary read' -- Venue

'This is a delightful book about an extraordinary man. I suspect Dr Johnson himself would have approved... and there's no greater praise than that' -- John Humphrys

'A lively and appetite-whetting biography of the great book' -- Herald

'Henry Hitchings's book is lively, erudite and enriched with colourful anecdotes - a masterful account of one of the greatest literary triumphs of the eighteenth century' -- Giles Milton

'Engaging' -- Literary Review

'This is a delightful book about an extraordinary man. I suspect Dr Johnson himself would have approved ... and there's no greater praise than that' -- John Humphreys

Industry Reviews

Hitchings offers us a highly entertaining guided tour...anyone interested in dictionaries, Dr Johnson or the English language will surely spend many happy hours with this book - The Independent

Ingenious and fascinating - The Sunday Times

Excellent. - Daily Express

Immensely enjoyable, easily erudite - Scotland On Sunday

I can warmly recommend Henry Hitching's book...affectionate in its portrayal of Johnson, the book itself is immensely likeable, written with serious intent and gentle good humour. - Spectator

Lively and entertaining - Observer

A pleasant stroll, with a genial guide, through Johnson's life - The Independent on Sunday

Clever, wittily-written and amusingly-arranged - The Guardian

ISBN: 9780719566325
ISBN-10: 0719566320
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: May 2006
Publisher: John Murray Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 19.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

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