I’ve been busy on my YouTube channel again and have two new video talks ready for you to view.
R.D. Blackmore’s novel Lorna Doone was a Victorian bestseller. It has been filmed many times and it created a whole tourist industry in Exmoor, as readers hurried to see the settings of the story. It’s a novel I love – it’s romantic, packed with action, and the descriptions of the local scenery are amazing. Blackmore did write other novels, but they have long gone out of print. Lorna Doone, however, has lasted and is a novel that’s well worth reading.
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Dr Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755 and for the next 100 years it was the authoritative dictionary for anyone using English. I’ve always found it a fascinating book and love to read books about its creation. It was the incredible product of just one man’s brain (in France they had a whole academy working on their new dictionary) and many intriguing books have been written about Johnson’s struggles, delays and challenges.
Finally, it was superseded in length and scope by the great Oxford English Dictionary, which had a large team of men compiling it all, and again, some memorable books have been written about this creative enterprise, including the recent and popular The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
Immerse yourself in the amazing world of lexicographers and their works.