From Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910)

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Letters sent from Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910).

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Frederick James Furnivall (4 February 1825-2 July 1910), one of the co-creators of the New English Dictionary, was an English philologist. He founded a number of learned societies on early English Literature, and made pioneering and massive editorial contributions to the subject, of which the most notable was his parallel text edition of the Canterbury Tales. In the 1850s Furnivall became involved in various Christian Socialist schemes and his circle included Charles Kingsley and John Ruskin. It was through this group that he became one of the founders of the Working Men's College.