The Forgotten Founding Father

 When most of us hear the name Noah Webster, we think: "dictionary." But did you know that Noah Webster also published New York City's first daily newspaper, played an important role in founding Amherst College, and enjoyed close acquaintance with George Washington and other Founders? Joshua Kendall's biography makes a persuasive case that one of the most important words Webster helped define was "American."

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…