REVIEWS Middle English Dictionary: Plan and Bibliography. 2007. Second edition. Robert E. Lewis and MaryJane Williams, with the assistance of Marilyn S. Miller. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Pp. vii + 174. "??e last entry of the Middle English Dictionary (MED) was pub-L 1: lished in 2001, but the revised Plan and Bibliography appeared in print six years after that. It was an unexpected pause, the result of which is an achievement in miniature worthy in nearly every respect of the massive dictionary it accompanies. Robert E. Lewis, the MED's ultimate editor-in-chief, is responsible for the Plan; he and Mary Jane Williams, for many years a review editor and the project's bibliographer, are jointly responsible for the Bibliography, assisted by another of the dictionary's review editors, Marilyn S. Miller. In other words, after seventy-one years of continuous editing and production at the University of Michigan, just three people brought the print MED, all "14,939 pages in 115 fascicles (combined into thirteen volumes), with 54,081 separate entries and 891,531 quotations" (6) of it, to conclusion. A casual observer might take the Plan and Bibliography as a capstone, but really, it is the foundation of the dictionary established retrospectively.
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