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Frederick James Furnivall

english editor dictionary philologist

Philologist, born in Egham, Surrey, SE England, UK. He studied at London and Cambridge universities, and won fame as an oarsman and racing-boat designer. He was called to the bar and, influenced by Maurice and Christian Socialism, helped to found the Working Men's College in London. He achieved fame as a philologist and editor of English texts, giving a great impulse to Early English scholarship. He founded the Early English Text Society, and edited some score of texts, including Chaucer, besides writing the introduction to the ‘Leopold’ Shakespeare. As editor of the Philological Society's New English Dictionary (1861–79) he collected lexicographical material that laid the foundation for the Oxford English Dictionary.

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