Chapter: English Literature During The Restoration And The Eighteenth Century
Samuel Johnson wrote what was more or less the first English dictionary, as his publishers were jealous of the cool dictionaries in other languages. As a work, it's remarkably interesting (for a dictionary). Johnson's prose definitions are often florid and fun to read, and every page is packed with literary quotes from Sidney to Swift. I'm pretty there are a few words he just made up, though. I mean, "Iatrol ptick?" Nice try, Johnson.