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date: 20 January 2020

Lennie, Williamlocked

  • Gordon Goodwin
  • , revised by John D. Haigh


Lennie, William (1779–1852), grammarian and educational benefactor, established himself in 1802 as a teacher of English at Edinburgh, where he remained until his death. He became known for his Principles of English Grammar (1816), to which he added a key (1816). The work proved very popular and was steadily revised and reprinted through the nineteenth century; a ninety-third edition appeared in 1894. Despite its manifest popularity with generations of schoolmasters it exhibits the characteristic weaknesses of traditional school grammars—subservience to Latin and insulation from contemporary language scholarship....

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F. Boase, , 6 vols. (privately printed, Truro, 1892–1921); repr. (1965)
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