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Writing the Dictionary: Departures and destinations

Lynda Mugglestone

in Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199679904
eISBN:
9780191760099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679904.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This chapter traces, in detail, the early history of the Dictionary, and the patterns of direction and redirection which appear between Johnson’s ‘Scheme’ of 1746, the Plan of the following year (and ... More


The praise of perfection

Lynda Mugglestone

in Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199679904
eISBN:
9780191760099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679904.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This concluding chapter looks both at Johnson’s legacy as lexicographer and the problems of perfection and perfectibility which writing the Dictionary reveals. It focusses on Johnson’s assessment of ... More


Addison, Samuel Johnson, and the Test of Time

Robert De Maria Jr

in Joseph Addison: Tercentenary Essays

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198814030
eISBN:
9780191924286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814030.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the contours of Addison’s afterlife in the eighteenth century by looking carefully at Samuel Johnson’s varied criticism of his works over a lifetime of writing about him. In his ... More


Historical Correlatives

Richard Wendorf

in Printing History and Cultural Change: Fashioning the Modern English Text in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
April 2022
ISBN:
9780192898135
eISBN:
9780191924583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192898135.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines other eighteenth-century cultural phenomena that may be considered correlative to the modernization of printing conventions. There are four major examples: the publication of ... More


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