Well educated, Webster enjoyed writing on politics, economics, science, medicine and, most important, language. His works, including American Spelling Book (1783) and American Dictionary of the English Language (1828), helped to separate the British and American versions of English. Despite the inclusion of some slang in his works, Webster was cautious in his inclusion of colloquialisms and common language. As a result, he created linguistic and spelling standards that excluded many English, foreign, and common American words.
Although Webster is known primarily for his works on American English, he was also known for his editing of the Bible. In 1833 he published an expurgated edition of the Bible. While retaining the Bible’s original stories, he changed much of their wording to reflect what he considered to be proper and decent values of the day. Webster’s version of the Bible enjoyed early success and was adopted by the state of Connecticut and by Yale University. However, after the publication of the third edition in 1841, and substantial changes to many parts of the Bible, Webster’s edition soon fell out of favor and was never published again.