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] (retired 2016)

He served as secretary of the International Linguistic Society (1980 - 1982) and later on its board, was vice-president of Amici Linguarum, and participated in the International Conference on Onomastic Sciences in Europe. He is a president emeritus of The American Society of Geolinguistics.[5] Aside from more traditional works on English drama. fiction, and poetry, and books on onomastics and geolinguistics, he is also known for his series of popular dictionaries of the occult.[6]


English literature and linguistics[edit]

  • George Peele: The Man and His Work
  • Colley Cibber
  • Authorship and Evidence in Renaissance Drama
  • Unhappy all the time": Religion in Anthony Burgess's Earthly Powers
  • What I Know About You: 100 Lesbian & Gay New York Voices (novel and play)
  • Cornish Names
  • What's in a Name?: Everything You Wanted to Know (1989, revised 1995)
  • Mexico: The Smart Traveler's Guide to All the Names
  • George Alfred Henty and the Victorian Mind
  • Spenser's Ideal of the Gentleman
  • Geolinguistic Perspectives (ed., with Jesse Levitt & Kenneth H. Rogers)
  • Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" Book of The Military
  • Language and Modern Society
  • Language and the New Technology
  • Language in Action
  • Living Language
  • History of the Short Story
  • 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 Poltergeists
  • 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 Mean
  • 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)

Textbooks and translations[edit]

  • Other People's Lives
  • Mirrors for Man; 26 Plays of the World Drama
  • 6 Plays of World Drama (Taiwan)
  • Nineteenth-Century British Drama (Scott, Foresman reprinted revised by University Press of America)
  • British Short Stories: Classics and Criticism (with Stuart L. Astor, Tales of Mystery and Melodrama)
  • America: Naming the Country and Its People, Allen Walter Read, ed. L. R. N. Ashley)
  • Colonial American English (Richard Lederer, ed. Ashley)
  • A Garland of Names (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke (ed. Ashley)
  • Ballad Poetry of Ireland (ed. Ashley)
  • Phantasms of the Living 2 vols., Myers, Podmore, Gurney, ed. Ashley)
  • Reliques of Irish Poetry (ed. Asdhley)
  • Shakespeare's Jest Book (ed. Ashley)
  • Suhrab and Rustum (ed. Ashley)

Conference proceedings[edit]

  • Geolinguistic Perspectives (ed. Ashley, Kenneth H. Rogers, Jesse Levitt)
  • Constructed Language and Language Construction (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language across Border (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language and Communication in the New Century (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language and Identity (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language and Politics (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language and Popular Culture (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language in Contemporary Society (ed with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language in the Era of Globalization (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)
  • Language under Controls (ed. with Wayne H. Finke)


  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 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 three decades to the presidency of the American Society of Geolinguistics."
  5. ^ Levitt, Jesse, et al. (1987). Geolinguistic Perspectives. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.
  6. ^ 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."