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Greenwich Village Collector of Dictionaries Dies at 76

Photo credits: Photos from NYT by Emon Hassan Nicely done obit in the New York Times today by Sam Roberts for Madeline Kripke, a self-taught lexicographer who had over 20,000 books in her apartment related to dictionaries and slang. Sadly, she died of pneumonia brought on by the COVID-19 virus. It would be wonderful if her incredible and quirky collection can find a home in a university collection, but no plans have ever been made.  No word if she owned Johnson's English Dictionary. Her parents, according to Roberts, were friends of Warren Buffett and took his financial advice, so perhaps she would have been able to afford one.  We sell a removable, beautifully illustrated Johnson sticker for just $2.95. You can see it here. ...

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New James Boswell Car Sticker

As you can see from the photo above, I love reading James Boswell. So do a lot of people. He's most famous for writing The Life of Samuel Johnson, which is generally considered to be the greatest biography ever written. But he also wrote thousands of letters and kept voluminous diaries. They were frank. He held nothing back, so his family hid them away in trunks. They were rediscovered in the 1920s, and the family, needing cash, parted with them. Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763, the first collection to be published in 1950, was a surprise bestseller. It's the perfect introduction to this incredibly complex man. He was considered a buffoon while he was alive, a Johnson hanger-on, though he had written the well-received An Account...

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