Websterisms: A Collection of Words and Definitions Set Forth by the Founding Father of American English

Jill Lepore (Illustrator) Arthur Schulman (Compiled by)

Product Details

Free Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2010
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.68 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Her books include A Is for American and Blindspot, a novel written jointly with Jane Kamensky.

Arthur Schulman is a retired cognitive psychologist and veteran crossword-puzzle constructor whose puzzles have appeared in The New York Times for many years.


"Lepore and Schulman serve up 1,500 strange, intriguing, and wonderful reasons why Noah Webster was the man who put American dictionaries on the map." -- Jack Lynch, author of "Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work That Defined the English Language"
""Websterisms" is a carnival for language lovers. This entertaining and illuminating look at Webster and his eccentricities represents the best kind of scholarship: solid but never dull." -- Kitty Burns Florey, author of "Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog"
"Who reads a dictionary for pleasure? Websterisms will revise your prejudices. The introductory essay by the distinguished historian Jill Lepore entitled 'A Nue Merrykin Dikshunary' is an authoritative, highly amusing account of the crusty character who did the most to fix our American language. Equally engaging is the analysis of Webster's crotchets by Arthur Schulman, a professor of psychology who is also a world-class lexiphile and maker of crossword puzzles, who has introduced, edited, and annotated the most interesting of the great man's definitions. Highly recommended!" -- E. D. Hirsch, author of "Cultural Literacy"
"Revolutionary and lawmaker both, Noah Webster wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the American language. In "Websterisms", Lepore and Schulman give a guided tour of his handiwork." -- Richard Brookhiser, author of "George Washington on Leadership"