The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) Author Simon Winchester
ISBN-10 0060839783
ISBN-13 9780060839789
Year 2005-07-01
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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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

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