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THE FORGOTTEN FOUNDING FATHER: NOAH WEBSTER'S OBSESSION AND THE CREATION OF AN AMERICAN CULTURE
Every once in a while, a writer gets a good idea, and a couple of years ago, journalist and bibliophile William W. Starr got one. Realizing that 2009 was the tercentenary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, the famed English lexicographer and essayist, Mr. Starr decided to retrace the steps of the journey Johnson and his devoted biographer James Boswell made to Scotland in 1773.
Some authors are so major that even their minor efforts deserve attention. Such a man is Paul Johnson, the English writer whose 15 books include an outstanding history of Christianity and several worthy popular compilations on subjects including the American people, the English people and the birth and evolution of modern times.
The publishing of the Declaration of Independence 233 years ago by our Founders was responded to in London by two of the 18th century's greatest minds: Dr. Samuel Johnson (after whom a literary age was named) and Edmund Burke (the intellectual father of modern Anglo-American conservatism).