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by Henry Hitchings

ISBN: 0374113025
ISBN13: 978-0374113025
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First American Edition edition (October 19, 2005)
Pages: 304
Category: Historical
Subategory: Memoris

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Rating: 4.1
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In alphabetically sequenced chapters, Henry Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure - his ambition . Brilliantly entertaining and enlightening, Defining the World is the story of Johnson's heroic endeavor, 250 years after the first publication of the Dictionary.

In alphabetically sequenced chapters, Henry Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure - his ambition and vision, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way, and his ultimate triumph. In alphabetically sequenced chapters, Henry 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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Feb 24, 2011 Debbi rated it liked it.

It’s also well written – although heavy going in places – and I recommend it for any lover of English. Feb 24, 2011 Debbi rated it liked it. Shelves: light-and-fun, history, dictionaries-oed, read-in-2011. With the exception of a few delicious quotes of his, I knew very little about Dr. Johnson and his making of the dictionary before I read Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary.

Defining the World is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year

Defining the World is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. Hitchings is a buoyant, zestful writer. Hitchings manages to make the story of a dictionary not only interesting but positively compelling. The Examiner (Washington, . Hitchings's affectionate tribute accomplishes a worthy task of allowing us to admire anew Johnson's life and great work. Defining the World does for Dr. Johnson's 18th century dictionary what Simon Winchester did in The Meaning of Everything for the Oxford English Dictionary. A popular, readable and enjoyable history.

Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World. Hitchings wrote his doctoral thesis on the same subject, and this book seems to be an expansion of his original work

Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World. Hitchings wrote his doctoral thesis on the same subject, and this book seems to be an expansion of his original work. A tale of a great Dictionary and its maker. com User, July 23, 2006. This is an extremely well- written and pleasurable book. It tells the story of the making of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary.

To mark the 250th anniversary, author Henry Hitchings has written Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story Of The Book That Defined The World. Johnson's definitions were peppered with his own feelings and prejudices, Hitchings observes. For example, Johnson wasn't a big fan of people from Scotland, for reasons which are unclear, but his definition of oats is: "a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people"(!) Johnson is a fascinating character

Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary.

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As Henry Hitchings notes in his book Defining the World (2006), "With time, Johnson's . To learn more about Samuel Johnson and his Dictionary, pick up a copy of Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary by Henry Hitchings (Picador, 2006).

To learn more about Samuel Johnson and his Dictionary, pick up a copy of Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr.

By the early eighteenth century, France and Italy had impressive lexicons, but there was no authoritative dictionary of English. Sensing the deficit, and impelled by a mixture of national pride and commercial expedience, the prodigious polymath Samuel Johnson embraced the task, turning over the garret of his London home to the creation of his own giant dictionary. Johnson imagined that he could complete the job in three years. But the complexity of English meant that his estimate was wildly inadequate. Only after he had expended nearly a decade of his prime on the task did the dictionary finally appear - magisterial yet quirky, dogmatic but generous of spirit, and steeped in the richness of English literature. It would come to be seen as the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century, and its influence fanned out across Europe and throughout Britain's colonies - including, crucially, America.Brilliantly entertaining and enlightening, Defining the World is the story of Johnson's heroic endeavor, 250 years after the first publication of the Dictionary. In alphabetically sequenced chapters, Henry Hitchings describes Johnson's adventure - his ambition and vision, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way, and his ultimate triumph.
Comments:
Cerar
johnson's story is interesting to word lovers but this book is cumbersome and tedious, possibly as a result of being based on a phd thesis

Vizuru
Defining the World does for Dr. Johnson's 18th century dictionary what Simon Winchester did in The Meaning of Everything for the Oxford English Dictionary. A popular, readable and enjoyable history. Hitchen's doesn't have the "spark" of Winchester's prose, he's only 30 and it's his first book, but he is well versed in his subject-he has a recent PhD on it in fact-the book is very well written. Most memorable for me were the descriptions of life in London in the middle to late 18th century and its many floppy characters. As befitting a book about a dictionary, there is substantial discussion of words and definitions and the many permutations-a seemingly dry subject but in the hands of Hitchings, under the guidance of Johnson's raw material, is really very funny and interesting. Unlike the OED, the Dictionary doesn't have a dramatic creation story, other than Johnson's colorful character which is as much mythology as reality. If for no other reason than I keep running into "Doctor Johnson" and his dictionary everywhere I turn, this book provided enjoyable context on what it's all about. As my studies will in the future focus on the 18th century, Dr Johnson has become an indespensible piece of culture to know about.

Ziena
Just finished this very pleasurable read, an account of Samuel Johnson and his Dictionary. Hitchings does a fine job of evoking Johnson's personality, as well as life and culture in mid-18th century England, really inspiring me to read more of this era, to read more by Samuel Johnson (I've never read but excerpts in lit surveys), and especially to place the Dictionary on my privileged reference shelf! Lacking the $300 to buy a copy of the entire dictionary, I'm going to settle on a portable excerpt, and Hitching's marvellous survey.

This was a great book for to make you hungry for more Johnson. Hitchings himself sometimes trips over his own prose and ideas. Three irritations: the A-Z organization of the book is cute, but he struggles to make it work at points; I'm a wordlover like Hitchings, but sometimes he reads like a freshman with a thesaurus, using a big word when a little one will do fine; and he's at his worst in the odd ill-advised excursus to our contemporary day, e.g. when he declares "rapper[s are] ... often associated with violence". Stick to the 18th century, Hitch! These things don't get in the way, though; buy this book and enjoy it. Then read more Johnson.

CrazyDemon
I was a dictionary reader as a child, so it was inevitable that I would appreciate Johnson and his work. This book is an entertaining introduction to the man and the dictionary. I plan to give this book to my adult children as a holiday gift.

Makaitist
A small book about Dr. Johnson and his dictionary that defined an age. It is a wonderful effort for those who love the English language and the words that give it life.

Only in his early thirties, Mr. Hitchings is a talented and intelligent writer of the type Dr. Johnson, if he were alive today, would certainly appreciate and invite into his company at the local coffeehouse.

Those who enjoy this book should take an oath to obtain and read "The Life of Samuel Johnson" by James Boswell.

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This is a tale, well-told! It is the go-to book if you are only reading one book about Johnson or his dictionary. Lots of good details.

Fearlesssinger
This is a wonderful story wonderfully told about one of the great characters -- and minds -- in history. A story and project worth knowing about, here made into fascinating reading. Recommended. Somehow I kept thinking it would make an excellent movie if imagined and executed right. Talk about a beautiful mind.

Does as it says on the tin. A potted experience of the story of that great book of stories. i

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