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

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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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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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subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical, Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- History and criticism, English language -- Etymology, English language -- Lexicography, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading, Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography, Minor, William Chester, Murray, James Augustus Henry, -- Sir, -- 1837-1915 -- Friends and associates, New English dictionary on historical principles, Oxford English dictionary, Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Biography
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title_sub A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Encyclopedias and dictionaries, English language, Etymology, Friends and associates, History, History and criticism, Lexicographers, Lexicography, Minor, William Chester, Murray, James Augustus Henry, New English dictionary on historical principles, Nonfiction, Oxford English dictionary, Psychiatric hospital patients, Veterans