- Publisher: Foundation for American Christian Education; Facsimile of 1st edition (June 1, 1967)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091249803X
- ISBN-13: 978-0912498034
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 9.5 x 14.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition) Facsimile of 1st Edition
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This book is a facsimile of the 1828 two-volume dictionary in one volume, which besides having its own great intrinsic interest, will also be of great interest to students of Emily Dickinson.
Noah Webster was a very learned and very devout man, and his ideas about language in his very long Introduction to this book make for interesting reading. The frontispiece gives us a marvelous portrait of Webster. He looks like a man of strong will and determination, qualities he would have needed to push his great project to a conclusion.
As for the actual entries, Christian readers will find it rewarding to compare his definitions of such words as "marriage", "education", "sin", "law", "faith", "prayer", etc., with those given in any modern dictionary. They will probably be surprised at the great differences, and may come away with a renewed respect for this great American.
Turning to Emily Dickinson, we know that she made frequent and extensive use of Noah Webster's 'Dictionary of the English Language' in writing her poems, paying attention not only to definitions but also to Webster's etymologies and his illustrative quotations.
The scholarly consensus is that she probably made use of an 1844 reprint of the 1841 edition, but since this is now rare, and since the 1828 edition was also in the Dickinson library, the present facsimile of the 1828 edition becomes an important resource for helping us to recover at least some of the senses in which she understood certain words.
The present book is a large heavy quarto volume (8.Read more ›
I don't hand a lot of five-star ratings, so why this tome? It is, IMHO, a "must have" for anybody who wants to enhance their understanding of early American writings, especially the Founding Fathers, Dickenson, Emerson, etc.
I read aplenty from early American, colonial, and other material back into the 1600's. This is the one reference book that I keep open on a stand next to my elbow. Many words still current today had a slightly different shade of meaning, and an appreciable number have meanings that have been lost or radically altered. I have had keen "A Ha!" moments as passages that just didn't seem quite right unfolded before me with a better understanding of the author's words.
I also find this dictionary helpful for much earlier writers such as John Locke. Though he lived 100+ years before this volume was published, its English is almost 200 years closer to Locke than our modern dictionaries. If you don't have access to a more contemporary dictionary, this will still aid in opening Locke and other earlier authors.
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Everyone should read from this dictionary! Especially if you want to understand how our great nation was founded!Published 29 days ago by Darlene Smith
This dictionary should be in every home that had school age children. Wish I could get an original one.Published 2 months ago by Tim Kern