Leonard R. N. Ashley

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Leonard R. N. Ashley (born December 5, 1928 in Miami)[1][2][3] is an American writer on the English language. He was for many years professor of English at Brooklyn College.[4] He served as secretary of the International Linguistic Society and later on its board and participated in ICOS (International Conference on Onomastic Sciences) in Europe. Aside from more traditional works on English drama. fiction, and poetry, and books on onomastics and geolinguitics he is also known for his series of popular dictionaries of the occult.[5] For the American Society of Geolinguistics he co-edits with Wayne H. inke the journal Geolinguistics and the annual proceedings of the society's international conference. Some of his books on the occult are in Dutch, German, and Italian translations. He has published well over 100 articles in scholarly journals in the US and abroad, read over 100 papers at scholarly c9onferences, and published more 5000 pages of book reviews. Some of his books and articles are published in Britain and Europe and India. Articles are listed in MLA International Bibliography (thousands of entries) and also appear in such books as Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student; Art, Glitter, and Glitz; A Question of Choice; Babe Ruth at 2100; Modern American Drama: The Female Canon,450 Ans de noms de lieux français en Amérique du Nord; etc.; and US and many American and European encyclopedias and reference books. His first major publication was his collaboration with Frederick Fu Lui on A Military History of Modern China (Princeton University Press, 1956) for which Dr. Liu did the research and Ashley the writing.


=English literature and Linguistics[edit]

numerous articles and reviews in Names: A Journal of Onomastics and other journals of onomastics regular chroniques (book review column) in Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance (Geneva)

  • George Alfred Henty and the Victorian Mind
  • Spenser's Ideal of the Gentleman
  • Geolinguistic Perspectives (ed., with Jesse Levitt & Kenneth H. Rogers)
  • Language and Modern Society
  • Language in Action
  • Living Language
  • Art Attack: Names in Satire
  • A Garland of Names (with Wayne H. Finke, eds.)
  • Names of Places
  • Names in Literature
  • Names in Popular Culture
  • Animal Crackers (verse) and poetry in various periodicals

Popular Culture and the Occult[edit]

  • The Complete Book of Devils and Demons
  • The Complete Book of Vampires
  • The Complete Book of the Devil's Disciples
  • The Complete Book of Spells, Curses and Magical Recipes
  • The Complete Book of Ghosts and Poletergeists
  • The Complete Book of Werewolves
  • The Complete Book of Sex Magic
  • The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft (2 German editions)
  • The Amazing World Of Superstition
  • The Complete Book of Superstition, Prophecy and Luck (also in Dutch)
  • Ripley's Believe it Or Not! Book of the Military
  • The Complete Book of Numerology (also in Italian)
  • The Complete book of Dreams and What They mMan
  • The Wonderful World of Superstition, Prophecy, and Luck
  • Tales of Mystery and Melodrama
  • Halloween
  • Last Days: The Messiah, The Apocalypse, The Rapture, The Last Judgment


  • Elizabethan Popular Culture
  • Nordic Folklore and Tradition (with Ola J. Holten)


  • Other People's Lives
  • Mirrors for Man; 26 Plays of the World Drama

6 Plays of World Drama (Taiwan)

  • Nineteenth-Century British Drama
  • British Short Stories: Classics and Criticism (with Stuart L. Astor)

Contributions to Reference Books The Dictionary of National Biography The Dictionary of Literary Biography Great Writers of the English Language: Novelists Great Writers of the English Drama: Dramatists An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers Nineteenth-Century Literature and Criticism The American Encyclopedia Speaking Freely The Encyclopedia of British Humor The Encyclopedia of Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe The History of the Theatre (John Gassner) Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America Mouton de Gruyter onomastic encyclopedia Names,Noms, Nomen etc.

Editions Phantasms of the Living A Narrative of the Life of Mrs Charlotte Charke A Narrative of the Life of Charlotte Charke Soohrab and Rustum Shakespeare's Jest Book The Reliques of Irish Poetry The Ballad Poetry of Ireland America: The Country and Its People and 15+ Enriched Classics editions from Washington Square Press the following American Society of Geolinguistics international conference proceedings (all with Wayne H. Finke): Language in Contemporary Society Language and Identity Language in the Era of Globalization Language & Communications in the New Century Language and Popular Culture Language under Control Language and the Media

Awards The Shakespeare Gold Medal (1949) Gordon Macdonald Fellowship, Princeton University (1950- 1951) University Fellow, Princeton University (195-1952) Senior University Fellow, Princeton University (1952-1953) Best Article in Names (journal of the American Name Society) grant from American Council of Learned Societies New York State Council on the Arts for a production by Medicine Show of What I Know about You


  1. ^ Men of achievement: Volume 15 1992 ASHLEY Leonard (Raymond) (Nelligan). b. 5 Dec 1928. Miami. Florida. USA Prof English, Writer, Edit Education: BA 1st class hons 1949, MA 1950, McGill Univ. Canada, AM 1953 and PhD 1956. Princeton Univ., US and afterwards LHD (Columbia Theological), honorary.
  2. ^ The International authors and writers who's who Ernest Kay - 1989 ASHLEY Leonard R(aymond) N(elligan). b. 5 Dec. 1928, USA. Professor of English; Writer; Editor; Poet. Education BA. 1 st Class Honours 1949, MA 1950, McGill University; AM 1953, PhD 1956, Princeton University
  3. ^ Elizabethan popular culture - Page 2 Leonard R. N. Ashley - 1988 "Elizabethan Popular Culture is an anthology which attempts to provide a more recent and specific account of what Professor G. B. Harrison attempted in a book published the year I was born, England in Shakespeare's Day
  4. ^ Leonard R. N. Ashley - Colley Cibber 1989 "About the Author Leonard RN Ashley (Ph.D., Princeton) and LHD (Columbia Theological), honorary. He is professor emeritus of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he taught 1961 - 1995. He previously was on the faculties of the University of Utah (1953 - 1956) and the University of Rochester (1958 - 1961) and 1962 - 1972 taught part-time at the New School for Social Research. As Flying Officer and second assistant to The Air Historian of the Royal Canadian Air Force he compiled squadron histories and was the author the top secret report on The Air Defence of North America for NORAD (1956). His interests in linguistics are attested to by his past presidencies of the American Name Society (1979, 1987)and 40 years on the board of the American Name Society and the fact that he has been continually re-elected in the last couple of decades to the presidency of the American Society of Geolinguistics.
  5. ^ Library journal: Volume 126, Issues 6-11 William White - 2001 The Complete Book of Werewolves Dr. Leonard R. N. Ashley $14.95 • ISBN 1-56980-159-2 • Paper A recent installment in Dr. Ashley's series on the occult is the ultimate resource for information on the werewolf."