REMINISCENCES OF LEXICOGRAPHERS AGNES CARSWELL FRIES Beginning in 1928, Agnes Carswell Fries began a series of summer visits to Oxford, where she and her husband, Charles Carpenter Fries, supervised work toward an Early Modern English Dictionary. With the help of assistants, they removed citation slips for the period 1475 to 1700 from the file boxes collected for the Oxford English Dictionary. Once these materials had been shipped to Ann Arbor, work began on the Dictionary. (This work is described in some detail in the editor's essay, "Charles C. Fries and the Early Modern English agreed to be interviewed for Dictionaries; the following text has been edited, with her approval, from that interview. Dictionaries: Tell me about the time that you met the Craigies. Fries: Oh, we were at a conference of some sort in Dictionary," in Toward an Understanding of Language, ed. Peter Howard Fries and Nancy M. Fries [Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1985] 171-204.) In September 1987, Agnes Fries Louisville, Kentucky. We knew they were going to be there, but we had never met them. So when we went into the lobby of the hotel there was somebody that we thought might have been Lady Craigie, and we went
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America – Dictionary Society of North America
Published: Apr 4, 1987
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