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The making of Johnson’s dictionary

23 July 2009

Thursday 10 December (To mark the 225th anniversary of the death of Samuel Johnson, creator of the dictionary - 13 Dec)

Professor John Mullan (UCL English Language and Literature)


Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language taught the British how to spell, established Shakespeare as their greatest writer and provided the first and longest lasting map of the English language in all its subtlety and variety. This lecture will tell the extraordinary story of how the first dictionary was made and take you inside what has become the least well known great book in our literature.

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