A General and Bibliographical Dictionary of the Fine Arts

Containing Explanations of the Principal Terms Used in the Arts of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, and Engraving, in All Their Various Branches; Historical Sketches of the Rise and Progress of Their Different Schools; Descriptive Accounts of the Best Books and Treatises on the Fine Arts; and Every Useful Topic Connected Therewith

Author: James Elmes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 760

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Noah Webster and the American Dictionary

Author: David Micklethwait

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786421572

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 358

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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.

Chambers's Encyclopædia

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

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F. A. Brockhaus in Leipzig

Vollständiges verzeichniss der von der Firma F. A. Brockhaus in Leipzig seit ihrer Gründung durch Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus im Jahre 1805 bis zu dessen Hundertjährigem Geburtstage im Jahre 1872 verlegten Werke. In chronologischer Folge mit biographischen und literhistorischen Notizen

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Booksellers' catalogs

Page: 1048

View: 4700

F. A. Brockhaus in Leipzig

Author: F. A. Brockhaus (Leipzig),Heinrich Eduard Brockhaus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Brockhaus' Konversations

Page: 276

View: 3161

Lexicographica

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Lexicography

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Chambers's Encyclopaedia

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge

Author: David Patrick,William Geddie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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