The Resource The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams

The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams

Label
The Dictionary of Lost Words
Title
The Dictionary of Lost Words
Statement of responsibility
Pip Williams
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Pip
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Lexicographers
  • Women
  • Dictionaries
  • England
  • England
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Oxford (England)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000066423384
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
423 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925972597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129099405
Label
The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000066423384
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
423 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925972597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129099405

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