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

by Simon Winchester

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | June 23, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 242 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: June 23, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060839783

ISBN - 13: 9780060839789

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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

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

by Simon Winchester

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 242 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: June 23, 2005

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060839783

ISBN - 13: 9780060839789

About the Book

Hailed by the "New York Times" as "a fascinating, spicy, learned tale," this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary genius, madness, 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.

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

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"a fascinating, spicy, learned tale" (Richard Bernstein, New York Times)
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