This week the Jane Austen News has put our book recommendation for the week as the first item in the news as we’ve had such a lovely time exploring the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of 19th Century Language.
The illustrated dictionary is a new release this month and, unlike most dictionaries, is one we found ourselves reading more like a novel than a reference guide. Rather than dipping in and out for a definition for an unfamiliar word, we found ourselves too intrigued to stop at one definition, and instead felt drawn to keep turning pages.
Oxford University Press’s website describes the book thus:
This browsable and unique dictionary explains the interesting words found in 19th century texts studied at secondary school. With clear explanations, panels, and an illustrated section of photographs and artworks on the themes of transport, crime, fashion and more, it is an essential guide to help students enjoy 19th century literature.
A one-of-a-kind dictionary that makes sense of the language of 19th century texts for GCSE students and beyond. Over 3000 words and meanings, including example sentences, and help with unfamiliar usage and dialects. Includes an illustrated section of photographs and artworks which brings alive the social context, politics and scientific developments in the 1800s.
We’d say that this is a good book for anyone who enjoys reading 18th and 19th century literature, not just students. In fact we enjoyed it so much that it was the inspiration for this weeks quiz.
If you’d like to find out more, or purchase your own copy (we couldn’t resist stocking it), you can do either or both here.