Noah Webster and His Words

Noah Webster and His Words
Title Noah Webster and His Words PDF eBook
Author Jeri Ferris
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages 37
Release 2012
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 0547390556

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An innovative picture-book biography about the man who wrote American history by creating the first dictionary for the United States. Full color.




An American Dictionary of the English Language

An American Dictionary of the English Language
Title An American Dictionary of the English Language PDF eBook
Author Noah Webster
Publisher
Pages 1122
Release 1841
Genre English language
ISBN

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Noah Webster and the American Dictionary

Noah Webster and the American Dictionary
Title Noah Webster and the American Dictionary PDF eBook
Author David Micklethwait
Publisher McFarland
Pages 362
Release 2005-01-21
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 9780786421572

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Noah Webster was described by the publisher of a competing dictionary as "a vain ... plodding Yankee, who aspired to be a second Johnson"--a criticism that rings mostly true. He was certainly vain and, born in Connecticut, undeniably a Yankee. Moreover, though he referred to Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language as a "barren desart of philology," the American lexicographer relied heavily on the book during the creation of his own American Dictionary, going so far as to filch whole sections. And few would seem more "plodding" than Webster, who was positively obsessed with collecting and preserving bits of information. He kept records of the weather, carefully logged the number of houses in every new town he passed through, filed away every scrap of his writing and everything written about him, and filled the margins of his books with references, dates and corrections. The proud Yankee's sensibilities, however, also made him a fine lexicographer. Generally credited with distinguishing American spelling and usage from British, Webster shunned prescriptive mores and was doggedly loyal to his own language habits, as well as to those of the average American speaker. The book covers Webster's major publications and the influences and methods that shaped them; recounts his life as schoolteacher, copyright law champion, and itinerant lecturer; and examines the Webster legacy. An appendix containing title page reproductions from Webster's books, as well as some from his predecessors and competitors, is also included.




W Is For Webster

W Is For Webster
Title W Is For Webster PDF eBook
Author Tracey Fern
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages 40
Release 2015-11-10
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1466895101

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From an early age, Noah Webster was an odd fellow who liked to talk big and loved learning. He thought America needed its own national language and knew he was just the man to create it. He started with a speller, including everyday words like "scab," "grub," and "mop," and moved on to create a small dictionary. He rode around on a horse, selling his books by hand. Then Noah decided to compile a complete and comprehensive dictionary of American English. He thought the book would take him five years to finish. It took twenty, but his dictionary today is the second-most printed book in the English language.




Noah Webster's Fighting Words

Noah Webster's Fighting Words
Title Noah Webster's Fighting Words PDF eBook
Author Tracy Nelson Maurer
Publisher Millbrook Press ™
Pages 40
Release 2017-04-01
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1512438693

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Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it—he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!




Noah Webster

Noah Webster
Title Noah Webster PDF eBook
Author Pegi Deitz Shea
Publisher Astra Publishing House
Pages 42
Release 2020-11-03
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1635924952

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This picture book celebrates one of the most important patriots in post-Revolutionary times -- Noah Webster. Most readers know Noah Webster for his dictionary masterpieces and his promotion of a living "American Language" that embraces words and idioms from all its immigrant peoples. But he was also the driving force behind universal education for all citizens, including slaves, females, and adult learners. Speaker of twenty languages, he developed the new country's curriculum, writing and publishing American literature, American history, and American geography. He published New York City's first daily newspaper. As editor, Webster conducted a study and linked disease with poor sanitation. He created the country's first insurance company, established America's first copyright law, and became America's first best-selling author.




The Elementary Spelling Book

The Elementary Spelling Book
Title The Elementary Spelling Book PDF eBook
Author Noah Webster
Publisher
Pages 172
Release 1832
Genre Spellers
ISBN

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