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Review: Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's DictionaryUser Review - Jen - Goodreads
I found the concept of this book -- the story of how Johnson wrote the first English dictionary -- fascinating. What I didn't find fascinating was Hitchings' writing style or his analysis. Just ... Read full review
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Review: Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's DictionaryUser Review - Phillip - Goodreads
Hitchings' book is as much a promotion of Johnson's dictionary, as a piece of literature to read, as it is a biography of Dr. Johnson. It does both well. Of particular interest to me. I had forgotten ... Read full review
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