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Worcester, Joseph Emerson, 1784-1865

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1784 - 1865

Biography

Joseph Emerson Worcester (August 24, 1784 – October 27, 1865) was an American lexicographer who was the chief competitor to Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary in the mid-nineteenth-century. Their rivalry became known as the "dictionary wars". Worcester's dictionaries focused on traditional pronunciation and spelling, unlike Noah Webster's attempts to Americanize words. Worcester was respected by American writers and his dictionary maintained a strong hold on the American marketplace until a later, posthumous version of Webster's book appeared in 1864. After Worcester's death in 1865, their war ended.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Emerson Worcester letter

Mss 824208
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 824208
Abstract

In English.

Joseph Emerson Worcester letter

Mss 820509.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 820509.1
Abstract

In English.