Erin McKean

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General Information

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Name: Erin McKean

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1971

Websites:

Blogs:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/emckean

Email: editor@verbatimmag.com or erin@dressaday.com

Illinois Connection

Ms. McKean lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the founder of Wordnik.com. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That's Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. Her newest book is The Hundred Dresses, a nonfiction field guide to dress archetypes was published in the summer of 2013. She recently moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she's actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).

Published Works

  • Verbatim: From the Baudy to the Sublime,..., Mariner Books, 2001
  • Weird and Wonderful Words, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • More Weird and Wonderful Words, Oxford University Press, 2003
  • Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • That's Amore: The Language of Love for the Lovers of Language, Walker & Company, 2007
  • The Secret Lives of Dresses, 5 Spot, 2011
  • The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time, Bloomsbury USA, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Verbatim: From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists

ISBN: 015601209X
Release Date: 2001-10-17

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Weird and Wonderful Words

ISBN: 0195159055
Release Date: 2002-10-24

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More Weird and Wonderful Words

ISBN: 0195170571
Release Date: 2003-10-02

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Totally Weird and Wonderful Words

ISBN: 0195312120
Release Date: 2006-10-23

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That's Amore!: The Language of Love for Lovers of Language

ISBN: 0802715974
Release Date: 2007-01-23

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The Secret Lives of Dresses

ISBN: 044655572X
Release Date: 2011-02-10

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The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time

ISBN: 1608199762
Release Date: 2013-06-11

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Erin McKean on WorldCat

Erin McKean on Amazon

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