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Elliot Engel on “Defining Dr. Samuel Johnson—Eccentric Inventor of the English Dictionary”

when: Feb. 21, 2014

A performance by Elliot Engel on “Defining Dr. Samuel Johnson—Eccentric Inventor of the English Dictionary” will take place on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7 pm at Long View Center, 118 South Person Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601. General admission tickets will be $25 per person. Advanced purchase is strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check payable to Joel Lane Museum House to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605, or buy your tickets through by clicking this link: Defining Dr. Johnson Your tickets will be held at will call. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Although compiling the first great English dictionary was his immortal accomplishment, there is so much more to the life and writings of this remarkable British author. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Dr. Engel places Johnson within his crucial eighteenth-century context and points out the many triumphs and tragedies in Dr. Johnson’s long, remarkable life.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years.

For his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Engel has received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. Most recently, for his thirty years of academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens, he was nominated and inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England.
Since 1980, Dr. Engel has been President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina, the largest branch of this worldwide network of clubs. The sales of Dr. Engel’s books, CDs, and DVDs have raised funds for The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital which Dickens helped found in London in 1852.

Professor Engel continues to teach outside the classroom and give literary and historical programs throughout the world. He also presents assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools, and his educational CDs are used in classrooms around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking, and vacationing in exotic locations where he is not asked to deliver even one lecture.

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