Book Review: Noah Webster—Father of the Dictionary by Isabel Proudfit
This book is a historical biography originally published in 1942. It contains quite a bit of historical tidbits since Noah Webster lived through and experienced the Revolutionary War and the making of the Constitution.
I was especially interested in reading this book because it is about the author of my second favorite book—Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (my first favorite being the KJV Holy Bible). What surprised me was how much I did not know about Noah Webster.
He started as a farmer but went on to be a graduate at Yale, a teacher, a lawyer, and an author of several books including the very influential blue-backed American Spelling book.
This book held my interest. I could see that Noah Webster had a God-given unquenchable thirst for knowledge and teaching. It was puzzling to me that there was almost no mention of his religious views one way or the other. Since he lavishly included scripture in his dictionary definitions I would have thought that God (or “religion”) was a huge part of his life. Either it wasn’t or the author left it out for some reason.
This book seems extremely well suited for home school students, those that like historical biographies or those that like Webster’s dictionary and are curious about the author.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here: Noah Webster Father of the Dictionary
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