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Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English

By Johnson, Samuel

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Title: Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English  
Author: Johnson, Samuel
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Language: English
Subject: Non-fiction, History, Languages
Collection: Audio Books Collection
Subcollection: Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English
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Publication Date:
1755
Publisher: LibriVox Audio Books

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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. While not making Johnson rich, it allowed him a modest yet comfortable independence for the remaining thirty years of his life. (Summary from Wikipedia).

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