Poetry Madness

Recently Viewed clear list

Interviews | April 8, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Gabrielle Zevin: The Powells.com Interview

Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside USHIS- 1800- CIV W706
1 Local Warehouse US History- 1800 to Civil War

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture


The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

About the Author

Joshua Kendall is a language enthusiast and an award-winning freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications including The Boston Globe, Business Week, Psychology Today, and The Nation. He lives in Boston.

Product Details

Kendall, Joshua
Berkley Publishing Group
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.2 x 5.54 x 0.94 in 0.72 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Why the West Rules--For Now: The...
    Used Trade Paper $12.00
  2. The Party: The Secret World of... Used Trade Paper $11.95

Related Subjects

» Biography » Historical
» Biography » Literary
» Biography » Social Scientists and Psychologists
» History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to 1945
» History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
» History and Social Science » US History » Early American Biographies
» History and Social Science » US History » General

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.95 In Stock
Product details 416 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425245453 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.