Greenwich Village Collector of Dictionaries Dies at 76

Photo credits: Photos from NYT by Emon Hassan

Nicely done obit in the New York Times today by Sam Roberts for Madeline Kripke, a self-taught lexicographer who had over 20,000 books in her apartment related to dictionaries and slang. Sadly, she died of pneumonia brought on by the COVID-19 virus.

It would be wonderful if her incredible and quirky collection can find a home in a university collection, but no plans have ever been made. 

No word if she owned Johnson's English Dictionary. Her parents, according to Roberts, were friends of Warren Buffett and took his financial advice, so perhaps she would have been able to afford one. 

We sell a removable, beautifully illustrated Johnson sticker for just $2.95. You can see it here

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