By 1700, France and Italy already had dictionaries of their own, and it became a matter of national pride that England should rival them. Dr Johnson rose to the challenge, turning over the garret of his London home to the creation of his Dictionary. He imagined it would take three years. Eight years later it was finally published, full of idiosyncrasies, but complete nevertheless. It would become the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century. This is the story of Johnson's attempt to define each and every word. In wonderfully engaging chapters, Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure -- his ambition and vision, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way and his ultimate triumph.
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Descrizione libro John Murray, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0719566312
Descrizione libro John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0719566312
Descrizione libro John Murray Publishers Ltd. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0719566312 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW4.0365339