The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773

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Cambridge University Press, 1996 M01 26 - 252 pages
Following the discovery of manuscript materials, including hundreds of unpublished additions and changes, for Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Allen Reddick describes the conception, composition, writing, and subsequent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.

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Contents

the composition and purpose
12
a false start on the Dictionary
25
the first edition published
55
the use of poetical authorities
121
theology and politics in the fourth
141
Johnsons Dictionary
170
Description of the SneydGimbel materials
179
Description of the British Library copy
190
Index
239
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