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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 (Thorndike Press) – Hardcover (1999)
    by Simon Winchester

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

    Hardcover, Thorndike Press
    1999
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    ISBN: 0783885008
    ISBN-13: 9780783885001

    During the 19th century, Dr. W. C. Minor created more than 10,000 entries for the Oxford English Dictionary from his cell in an asylum for criminally lunatics. Here is the fascinating story of the man, his madness, and his invaluable contribution to one of the greatest reference books in history.

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

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Paris7

A very good read

by Paris7 on May 2, 2013

What an interesting book, one filled with eccentric but useful people. I will now see the OED in quite another light. More

Don S
by Don S on Sep 16, 2010

The American edition of "The Surgeon of Crowthorne" is a fascinating story as well as an excellent read. The subject has been superbly researched - as is a hallmark of any Simon Winchester book - and is all the more worthy because it's not a subject that gets much attention by the general reader. ... More

rejoyce

Normalcy and Madness

by rejoyce on Aug 20, 2007

Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman is a model of nonfiction, fascinating, intelligent, and elegantly written, telling the utterly compelling story of Prof. Murray, the editor of the first Oxford English Dictionary, and his friendship with Captain Minor, who was committed to an insane ... More

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