Kathryn James, my colleague at the Beinecke Library at Yale, has come up with such a wonderful idea to celebrate Samuel Johnson’s 300th birthday that I’m quite jealous I didn’t think of it myself. Every day in 2009, the new blog Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary will be posting a definition scanned from a unique copy of the Dictionary in the Beinecke’s collections.
Over the longer term, the even more exciting news is that the Beinecke will be scanning their James Boswell papers, and making them available online. I haven’t seen a formal announcement yet, but it looks like most of it is already available.
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