A Nation Defined

A Nation Defined

Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of An American Culture

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Penguin Putnam
America's own The Professor and the Madman: the story of Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary of American English-and a forgotten leader during a turning point in our nation's history.

Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others. He started New York City's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue- backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified-and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, gives us a well-researched and absorbing look into the life of Webster, another man driven by his obsessions and compulsions to compile and organize words. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.


Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but his story is not nearly so ubiquitous. Now acclaimed author of The Man Who Made Lists, Joshua Kendall sheds new light on Webster's life, and his far-reaching influence in establishing the American nation.

Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Ben Franklin. He started New York's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified-and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.




Baker & Taylor
Chronicles of the story of the first American-English dictionary's creator, revealing his close associations with George Washington and Ben Franklin as well as his authorship of an influential school primer and advocacy of a distinct American culture. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell Publishing
America's own The Professor and the Madman: the story of Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary of American English---and a forgotten leader during a turning point in our nation's history.

Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others. He started New York City's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified---and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, gives us a well-researched and absorbing look into the life of Webster, another man driven by his obsessions and compulsions to compile and organize words. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.

"The author's engaging, effective prose, tinged with wit and humor, makes every line of the biography so informative and fascinating that, like Webster, he too deserves to be called a remarkably talented wordsmith."---Howard R. Lamar, former president of Yale University

"As an Englishman, I was not aware of Noah Webster other than as the compiler of America's first dictionary; as a new American, I find my compatriots equally unaware! So I was delighted to learn about the life that he led, in Joshua Kendall's The Forgotten Founding Father. ...This biography offers a fascinating window on the formative years of the United States as a nation. An absorbing and instructive work!"---Nigel Hamilton, author of the New York Tunes bestsellers JFK: Reckless Youth and Bill Clinton: An American Journey

Baker
& Taylor

Chronicles the story of the first American-English dictionary's creator, revealing his close associations with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin as well as his authorship of an influential school primer and advocacy of a distinct American culture.
From the author of "The Man Who Made Lists" comes an absorbing biography of Noah Webster, whose name is synonymous with the dictionary he created, but whose life story is not nearly so ubiquitous.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
ISBN: 9781101485309
1101485302
9781101486542
1101486546
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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