We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
American lexicographer, English spelling reformer, and editor
1758 – 1843
Noah Webster was an American lexicographer and spelling reformer of the English language. He enrolled at Yale University just before his sixteenth birthday and graduated four years later in 1778. Webster also earned a masters degree from Yale and completed studies in law through a mentorship with a local attorney. Eventually Webster wrote and published spelling, grammar, and reading books aimed at elementary school students. These books went on to become the famous Webster’s Blue Back Speller.
Language forms a part of everything we do, even when there are no words. It is the means by which we think about, understand and share in the world. A Little Book of Language, taking in much, much more than the history of language, whisks us from a bab …