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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

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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 began in 1857, it 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 P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Synopsis:

Looks at the making of the Oxford English dictionary.

Table of Contents

The dead of the night in Lambeth Marsh — The man who taught Latin to cattle — The madness of war — Gathering Earth's daughters — The big dictionary conceived — The scholar in cell block two — Entering the lists — Annulated, art, brick-tea, buckwheat — The meeting of minds — The unkindest cut — Then only the monuments.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061807602
Subtitle:
A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
interviews, recommended reading, and more.</p>
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Author:
Winchester Simon
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
English language
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
English language -- Etymology.
Subject:
Lexicographers - Great Britain
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Reference-Books on Books
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050705
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
242

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Biography » Literary
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History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Reference » Encyclopedias » General
Reference » Etymology

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