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By: Samuel Johnson

Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English by Samuel Johnson Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English

The published dictionary was a huge book: with pages nearly 1½ feet tall and 20 inches wide, it contained 42,773 words; it also sold for the huge price of £4/10s. ($400?). It would be years before “Johnson’s Dictionary”, as it came to be known, would ever turn a profit; authors’ royalities being unknown at that time, Johnson, once his contract to deliver the book was fulfilled, received no further monies connected to the book. Johnson, once again a freelance writer, albeit now a famous one, faced a grim hand-to-mouth existence; however, in July 1762 the twenty-four year old King George III granted Johnson an annual pension of £300...

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

In this enchanting fable (subtitled The Choice of Life), Rasselas and his retinue burrow their way out of the totalitarian paradise of the Happy Valley in search of that triad of eighteenth-century aspiration – life, liberty and happiness.According to that quirky authority, James Boswell, Johnson penned his only work of prose fiction in a handful of days to cover the cost of his mother’s funeral. The stylistic elegance of the book and its wide-ranging philosophical concerns give no hint of haste or superficiality...

Book cover A Grammar of the English Tongue
Book cover Preface to a Dictionary of the English Language
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Book cover Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
Book cover Preface to Shakespeare
Book cover Johnson's Lives of the Poets
Book cover The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749) and Two Rambler papers (1750)
Book cover Lives of the English Poets : Waller, Milton, Cowley
Book cover The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1
Book cover Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies
Book cover Lives of the English Poets : Prior, Congreve, Blackmore, Pope

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