White, Richard Grant

White, Richard Grant,

1821–85, American journalist, writer, and Shakespearean scholar, b. New York City. He had a varied career and was at different times music critic and coeditor (1851–59) of the New York Courier and Enquirer, a founder and editor (1860–61) of the World, and chief clerk in the New York Customs House (1861–78). In 1853 he published a series of articles in Putnam's Magazine that exposed as fraudulent the marginalia that John Payne CollierCollier, John Payne,
1789–1883, English critic, editor, and forger. The marginal notes and signatures supposedly discovered by him on original documents, especially those concerned with Shakespeare, were later exposed as having been forged by him while in the service of
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 had discovered on certain Shakespearean manuscripts. White's own annotated 12-volume edition of Shakespeare appeared from 1857 to 1866 and was republished, in three volumes, as The Riverside Shakespeare in 1883. His other works include a Handbook of Christian Art (1853) and two dogmatic manuals of English usage—Words and Their Uses (1872) and Every-Day English (1880).
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Jaguar and Land Rover volunteers (back, from left) Mo White, Richard Grant and Kim Hancock and (front) Greg Taylor, Emma Stewart and Phil Mulliner who gave the reception area of the Coventry Carers Centre a facelift.Picture: James Balfour