The Professor And The Madman Movie Tie-in: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon WinchesterThe Professor And The Madman Movie Tie-in: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

The Professor And The Madman Movie Tie-in: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford…

bySimon Winchester

Paperback | September 15, 2019

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New York Times Bestseller

Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.

The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman 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 linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

 



Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including Krakatoa, The Men Who United the States, and, most recently, Pacific, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2006 Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.
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Title:The Professor And The Madman Movie Tie-in: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:September 15, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“I found The Professor and the Madman both enthralling and moving, in its brilliant reconstruction of a most improbable event: the major contributions made to the great Oxford English Dictionary by a deeply delusional, incarcerated “madman”, and the development of a true friendship between him and the editor of the OED. One sees here the redemptive potential of work and love in even the most deeply, “hopelessly,” psychotic.”