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WEBSTER, Noah [1758-1843] -- American lexicographer and author

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He was for half a century among the more influential and most active literary men in the United States. His name has become synonymous with dictionaries, especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language. His Blue-Backed Speller books were used to teach spelling and reading to five generations of American children.

His chief interest became that of language reform, advocating a number of spelling reforms, some successful (e.g. theater for theatre, plow for plough) some not so much (e.g. masheen for machine, yung for young).  -30-
 

Chronology

1774-1778
Yale College
1781
Admitted to the bar at Hartford
1782-1789
Teaching school
1785
Advocated copyright reform
1789-1793
Practiced law
1803
He abandons journalism for good
1808
He converts to Calvinistic orthodoxy and becomes thereafter a Congregationalist
1812-1822
Removed from New Haven to Amherst, and returns
1824-1825
Lexicographical work in France and England
1830-1831
Successful agitation for a revision of copyright law

Selected Works

  • An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828, 2 vols.)
  • The American Magazine (1787-1788, founded and edited)
  • Authorized Version of the English Bible (published 1833)
  • A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language (1806)
  • Grammatical Institute of the English Language part I (1783, a/k/a Webster's Spelling Book)
  • The Herald (1793-1798, published. Later a/k/a The Spectator)
  • History of the United States (1832)
  • Institute part II, grammar (1784)
  • Institute part III, reader (1785)
  • The Minerva (1793-1798, published. Later a/k/a The Commercial Advertiser)
  • Sketches of American Policy (1785)
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