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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

eBook

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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



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Publisher: HarperCollins

Kindle Book

  • Release date: October 13, 2009

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780061807602
  • Release date: October 13, 2009

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9780061807602
  • File size: 2818 KB
  • Release date: October 13, 2009

PDF eBook

  • File size: 2912 KB
  • Release date: January 10, 2006

3 of 3 copies available

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook
PDF eBook

Languages

English

Levels

Lexile® Measure: 1330

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



Expand title description text
  • Details

    Publisher:
    HarperCollins

    Kindle Book
    Release date: October 13, 2009

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780061807602
    Release date: October 13, 2009

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780061807602
    File size: 2818 KB
    Release date: October 13, 2009

    PDF eBook
    File size: 2912 KB
    Release date: January 10, 2006

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
    PDF eBook
  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    Lexile® Measure: 1330