Penguin.com (usa)

The Forgotten Founding Father

Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

Joshua Kendall - Author

Paperback | $16.00 | add to cart | view cart
ISBN 9780425245453 | 416 pages | 06 Mar 2012 | Berkley | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
Additional Formats:
Summary of The Forgotten Founding Father Summary of The Forgotten Founding Father Reviews for The Forgotten Founding Father An Excerpt from The Forgotten Founding Father

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.




To keep up-to-date, input your email address, and we will contact you on publication

Please alert me via email when:


The author releases another book