Words, Words Words: A Brief History of the Dictionary Men

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Course: Words, Words Words: A Brief History of the Dictionary Men
Tutor: Geraldine Beare
Start Date: 11th July 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

Dictionaries and concordances come in all shapes and sizes and are both useful and appealing on many different levels. They cover the meaning of words; phrase and fable; quotations; classical literature, biography and many other areas of interest. There are foreign language dictionaries and dictionaries for children, often beautifully illustrated and their use can be found from the school room to Bletchley Park, the home of codes and ciphers during the Second World War. But who wrote them? Indeed – who writes them still? This course will look at several of the men (and yes – it is men who were the first compilers) including Samuel Johnson, John Lempriere, William Chambers, Ebenezer Brewer and Noah Webster not forgetting the surgeon of Crowthorne and Alexander the Corrector. 

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Geraldine Beare

Geraldine Beare is a professional indexer and writer. She has indexed Punch(1890-1970), contributed biographical articles for the New DNB (Dictionary of National Biography) and is at present indexing film newsreels of the 20th century. She was for many years a member of a historical newspaper discussion group based at London University and has collaborated with the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale, North London, on the indexing of local newspapers.

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