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Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English by Samuel Johnson

Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English

by Samuel Johnson

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The published dictionary was a huge book: with pages nearly 1 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.

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