- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Lewis, who wrote or edited more than 60 books on language and grammar, including the best-selling “30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary” and “Word Power Made Easy” died Sept. 8 at an assisted-living home in Whittier, Calif. He was 93.

He was born in New York City and published his first article, a book report that appeared in the now-defunct New York Telegram, at age 11.

In 1939, he sold his first nonfiction work — a quiz on the varieties of manias — to Leisure magazine for $1.

As a student at Columbia University, where he earned a master’s degree, Mr. Lewis wrote his first book, a sixth-grade textbook called “Journeys Through Wordland,” in 1941.

Mr. Lewis was highly regarded as a leading authority in English-language skills. “30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary,” which he co-wrote with publisher Wilfred Funk, is considered one of the most widely used and popular how-to books of its kind. It was first published in 1942, and the latest edition came out in 2003.

Mr. Lewis, who taught English at Rio Hondo College from 1964 to 1995, also edited the well-known Roget’s New Pocket Thesaurus in Dictionary Form.

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