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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Kendall Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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American’s own The Professor and the Madman: a story of Noah Webster, author of American English

Noah Webster’s name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but his story is not nearly so ubiquitous.

Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Ben Franklin. He started America’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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lady of the Lake | 2/5/2014

    " A very interesting and well written bio on Noha Webster. There is certainly more than the first American Dictionary to credit Webster with...as if the creation of the dictionary is not enough of a contribution! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " This book was an entertaining introduction to Noah Webster. I never knew how innovative a marketer he was or that he was so instrumental in the establishment of American copyright laws. I also thought it was very interesting that he counted houses everywhere he went -- collecting data that ended up being useful to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 1/22/2014

    " I would say that this book is 90% information I had never heard about Noah Webster, so it was very interesting and presented in a very readable, engaging way. I had no idea he was contemporaries with Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, etc., or that he was so involved in politics and shaping the wonderful nation we have today. What an amazing man. I also appreciated the author's willingness to discuss Webster's faults, as it made him feel so much more real. But man, what a difficult man he would have been to live with! Props to his wife and kids, for sure. Now I want to read about Samuel Johnson's dictionary and about the OED compilation. I love dictionaries, so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilyn | 1/19/2014

    " I guess one needs to be somewhat compulsive (OCD?) in order to compile/write the definitive dictionary for a "new" language. Webster had a vision and was relentless in its pursuit. "

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