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Wed, Sep 13

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The Mather Homestead

Book Club with Samantha: The Dictionary of Lost Words

Join Samantha for a discussion of Australian writer Pip William's first novel, "The Dictionary of Lost Words." This novel follows Esme Nicholl, whose father is working on the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. She collects words about women that have been discarded.

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Book Club with Samantha:  The Dictionary of Lost Words
Book Club with Samantha:  The Dictionary of Lost Words

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Sep 13, 7:00 PM

The Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA

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Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, an Oxford garden shed in which her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Young Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters beneath the table. She rescues the slip and, learning that the word means “slave girl,” begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men.

As she grows up, Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women’s and common folks’ experiences often go unrecorded. And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. To do so she must leave the sheltered world of the university and venture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.

Set during the height of the women’s suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. Inspired by actual events, author Pip Williams has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell this highly original story. The Dictionary of Lost Words is a delightful, lyrical, and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words and the power of language to shape the world.

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