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Episode 1: The making of Johnson’s dictionary | Autumn 2009 - Lunch Hour Lectures

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Episode 1 - Lunch Hour Lectures - Autumn 2009

The making of Johnson’s dictionary

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.

Prof John Mullan
UCL English
University College London

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