Ann Fisher (1719-1778)
baptised 9 December 1719
(Ann Fisher and her network of friends and
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Cook. 1961. Deposited Papers: James Hodgson, Newcastle upon
Tyne City Archives. City Archives Office.
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Slack of Newcastle, Printer, 1723-1784, founder of the 'Newcastle
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Cunningham, pastoral poet, 1729-1773: Recollections and some
original letters”, in Robert Blair (ed.). Archaelogia Aeliana.
3rd series. vol. XVIII. Newcastle upon Tyne: printed for
the Society [of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne] by Titus Wilson,
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Slack, Newcastle Printer”. in Robert BLAIR (ed.). Proceedings of
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Century Newcastle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Oriel Press.
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- Lexicon Grammaticorum, s.v.
- Fisher, Ann. 17502
(1745?). A New Grammar with Exercises of Bad English: or, and
easy Guide to Speaking and Writing the English Language Properly and
Correctly. Newcastle upon Tyne: printed for I. Thompson and Co.
by J. Gooding.
- Fisher, Ann. 1756. The Pleasing
Instructor: or, Entertaining Moralist. Consisting of Select Essays,
Relations, Visions and Allegories, collected from the most Eminent
English Authors. To which are prefixed, New Thoughts on Education.
Newcastle Upon Tyne: Thomas Slack.
- Fisher, Ann. 1770. A New
English Exercise Book, calculated to render the Construction
of the English Tongue, Easy and Familiar, independent of any other
Language. Laid down after the Manner of Clarke’s Examples for the
Latin, and adapted to the Rules of Fisher’s Grammar. Newcastle:
- Fisher, Ann. 17743
(1763?). The New English Tutor: or, Modern Preceptor. Consisting
of Orthography […] also, a practical Abstract of English Grammar.
Newcastle upon Tyne: printed for the author.
- Fisher, Ann. 17886
(1773). An Accurate New Spelling Dictionary, and Expositor of the
English Language. Containing a much larger Collection of Modern
Words than any Book of the Kind and Price extant […] to which is
added, an entire new Dictionary of all the heathen gods and
Goddesses […] to the whole is prefixed, a compendious, practical
Grammar of the English Language. London: printed for the Author.
- Fisher, Ann. 18025 (?).
The Young Scholar’s Delight; or, Familiar Companion. Being an
Easy Introduction to the most useful Sciences. Newcastle: S.
Ann Fisher and her grammar
The first edition of the grammar has not
come down to us. The only evidence we have of it is the following
advertisement in the Newcastle Journal of 29 June 1745, which is
here published for the first time:
of related interest
- Jones, Charles. 1997. “An Early 18th
Century Scottish Spelling book for Ladies”.
English Studies 78. 430-450.
- Michael, Ian. 1985 (1970).
English Grammatical Categories and the Tradition to 1800,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Michael, Ian. 1987. The
Teaching of English from the sixteenth century to 1870.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Michael. Ian. 1999. Literature
in School; a guide to the early sources, 1700 to 1830. Swansea:
the Textbook Colloquium.
- Percy, Carol. 1994. “Paradigms for
Their Sex? Women’s Grammars in Late Eighteenth Century England”.
Langage 16/II. 121-141.
- Tieken-Boon van
Ostade. 1992. “John Kirkby and The Practice of Speaking and
Writing English: identification of a manuscript”. Leeds
Studies in English 23. 157-179.
- Wallis, P.J. 1969. “Piracies, true
and dirty”. In: David Ramage (ed.). The Durham Philobiblon. 2
vols. (1955-69). Vol. 2, parts 9-10. Durham: George Bailes. 74-76.
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