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William Bolles

(Born: August 10, 1800 - Died: March 20, 1883)

American educator, lexicographer, bookseller and publisher. He was born in Marlboro, CT. His parents were Lois Notham and Roswell Bolles. He married Cornelia Palmer. In New London, CT, he assumed ownership of a bookselling and publishing business from Samuel Green in 1827. It existed under various names, including W & J. Bolles and Bolles & Williams. In addition to publishing and selling books, the enterprising Bolles owned a paper mill and a bindery. Bolles's earliest book was A Spelling Book: Containing Exercises in Orthography, Pronunciation, and Reading, first published by Green in 1825. This went thorough many editions, and sucessfully competed with Noah Webster's American Spelling Book, Containing the Rudiments of the English Language for the Use of Schools in the United States (originally published in 1783).

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Review of An Explanatory and Phongraphic Dictionary of the English Language  (June 14, 1845, text "A" — Broadway Journal)

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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