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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

February 5th, 2002

James Murray, who will become the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, is born in Denholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

James Murray, b. February 5, 1837, d. 1915

Murray will always be remembered as the editor of the greatest dictionary of all time, the Oxford English Dictionary, envisioned in 1878 as a replacement for Samuel Johnson’s. Capable in a score of languages, Murray oversaw a “book” that was planned to consist of 7,000 pages in four volumes. When it was published, it ran to twelve volumes containing definitions of 414,825 words, with almost two million quotations used to illustrate their meanings.

Suggested Reading Books Oxford English Dictionary, 1928.

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