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Familiarity in Life and Letters

Sarah M. S. Pearsall

in Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199532995
eISBN:
9780191714443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532995.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter defines the concept of familiarity, a means by which even individuals not related by family could achieve family-like relationships. Such familiarity — distinguished from either ... More


‘A Goose-Quill or a Gander's?’: Female Writers in Johnson's Dictionary

Charlotte Brewer

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores Johnson's quotations from female-authored sources in his Dictionary in the context of his attitude towards and relationship with women writers, and the view of women and women's ... More


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 ordered state: Power, authority, and the written word

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/9780199679904.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This chapter considers the state of the written language that is established by means of the Dictionary, in both intention and actuality. A particular focus lies in the conflicting models of order ... More


Patriotism, Fame, and Death, 1743-1750

CHRISTINE GERRARD

in Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198183884
eISBN:
9780191714122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses the later years of Aaron Hill from 1743 to 1750. Hill's retirement to Plaistow revived his interest in public affairs. He became filled with a deep sense of unease at the ... More


Defending the citadel, patrolling the borders

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/9780199679904.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This chapter examines the border territories of language, and the nature of the ‘coast’ which the dictionary-maker might discover or need to defend. It examines the relationship of native and ... More


The Rewards of Authorship

in The Enlightenment & the Book: Scottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226752525
eISBN:
9780226752549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226752549.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

In an age when patronage often defined power, James Boswell's attribution to Samuel Johnson of the view that booksellers were “the patrons of literature” was significant. It was an assertion that ... More


The Battle of the Word-Books: Competition, the ‘Common Reader,’ and Johnson's Dictionary

Lynda Mugglestone

in Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654345
eISBN:
9780191745003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654345.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

While Johnson's Dictionary served to ‘delight the critic’ as well as ‘instruct the learner’, it met a very different response from contemporary lexicographers who, as Gwin Kolb has noted, found ... More


History and the flux of time

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/9780199679904.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language, Lexicography

This chapter engages in detail with Johnson’s reading of time and language in the Dictionary, as well as embedding it within contemporary readings of time (and its desired control). If languages, for ... More


The Persistence of Casuistry

Marilyn Morris

in Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780300208450
eISBN:
9780300210477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208450.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This concluding chapter discusses the conflict between ethics or good culture and various forms of hypocrisy in the eighteenth century. David Hume favored civility while Lord Chesterfield proposed ... More


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