- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 26, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521558697
- ISBN-13: 978-0521558693
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of Webster's Third: Philip Gove's Controversial Dictionary and its Critics
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"...informed, rational and utterly persuasive...Now comes Herbert C. Morton with his splendid account of the book's making and its reception, a book that along with its spirited defense of Gove should make clear to the lay reader the aims and methods of lexicography, a business until now understood by almost no one." Washington Post Book World
"Herbert C. Morton's account of the affair is a chronicle of war to compare with the best....Although Morton is plainly in Gove's camp, even the most knuckle-rapping of purists should find his fine book profoundly rewarding." The Boston Sunday Globe
"...a well balanced and interestingly informative. As a book about a dictionary ought to be, it is decently written." Anthony Quinton, TLS
"...anyone who has an interest in the documentation of such things would be well served to obtain a copy....well-written and interestingly set forth." Laurence Urdang, Verbatim
"Only rarely has the process of lexicography been given such insightful and understanding treatment by a non-lexicographer as we find in Morton's book." Sharp News
The publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961) set off a storm of controversy in the popular press and scholarly journals. This first complete account is based on original research and interviews with the people who knew and worked with editor-in-chief, Philip Babcock Gove.
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The scandal of the release may be one reason why the publisher hasn't yet released a fourth edition even 63 years later. This is a good book for dictionary fans and lovers of cultural history.