The Professor And The Madman: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary

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ISBN : 0060836261

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The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

This audio also includes a conversation between Simon Winchester and John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author : Simon Winchester
ISBN : 0060836261
Language : English
No of Pages : 6
Edition : Unabridged
Publication Date : 10/4/2005
Format/Binding : Audio CD
Book dimensions : 5.7x5.2x0.8

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