==History==
[[File:2285.jpg|thumb|350px|Fig. 1, James Herring, Noah Webster, 1833.]]
Following an unsatisfactory early education, Noah Webster studied Latin and Greek privately and, at the age of fifteen, entered Yale College, where he came under the influence of Ezra Stiles and [[Timothy Dwight]]. He went on to study law and teach school before turning his attention to writing a series of newspaper articles promoting the American Revolution and urging a permanent separation from Britain. After founding a private school in Goshen, New York, he produced a three-volume compendium, ''A Grammatical Institute of the English Language'', consisting of a speller (1783), a grammar (1784), and a reader (1785).<ref>David Micklethwait, ''Noah Webster and the American Dictionary'' (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2005), 21&ndash;22, 54&ndash;73, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/T756K4GR view on Zotero].</ref> These works provided alternatives to imported English textbooks and established a uniquely American approach to teaching children how to read, spell, and pronounce words. Webster’s speller was the most popular American book of its time, with 15 million copies sold by 1837.<ref>Catherine Reef, ''Education and Learning in America'' (New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009), 22, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/B3D537IS view on Zotero].</ref> In 1787 Webster founded the ''American Magazine'' with the intention of promoting an American cultural identity distinct from that of Britain.<ref>Edward E. Chielens, “Periodicals and the Development of an American Literature,” in ''Making America, Making American Literature'', ed. A. Robert Lee and W. M. Verhoeven (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996), 95&ndash;96, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/G25NKMA3 view on Zotero].</ref>
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==Images==
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File:2189.jpg|Samuel Finley Breese Morse, ''Portrait of Noah Webster'', [1823].
 
File:2285.jpg|James Herring, Noah Webster, 1833.
 
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