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A Week in Literary History

September 23rd, 2002

American writer William H. McGuffey (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, 1836-57) is born in 1800 near Claysville, Pa.

William H. McGuffey, b. September 23, 1800, d. 1873

A professor and lecturer on moral and biblical subjects, McGuffey compiled his famous readers as textbooks at a publisher’s request, having been recommended for the job by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The four books eventually became classroom standards for a century; 120 million were in circulation by 1960, and they have continued to sell at the rate of 30,000 a year for the past half-century.

Suggested Reading Books McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, 1836-57.

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