Hailed by the "New York Times" as "a fascinating, spicy, learned tale, " this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary ...Show synopsisHailed 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."Hide synopsis
Description:Very Good. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; TRADE PAPERBACK IN...Very Good. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; TRADE PAPERBACK IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. 242 pages. Clean, unmarked, with light edgewear. A delightful, intriguing book--a tale of madness, genius, and obsessions of two men that led to the making of the Oxford Dictionary.
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Binding: Trade paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Description:Very good. No dust jacket as issued. very good+. near fine copy....Very good. No dust jacket as issued. very good+. near fine copy. cover has little bump/edge wear. lightly read. toning text clean+, sq., tight, solid. a nice copy. fast shipping. First edition. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 230 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
Description:Like New in Like New jacket. 1998 Stated First Edition, w/full...Like New in Like New jacket. 1998 Stated First Edition, w/full number line. Hardcover w/l.n. dust jacket. As new, mint condition. From The Civil War Book Shop-As close as your computer; as dependable as old Abe.
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Signed and dated fifth printing of author...Fine in Fine jacket. Signed and dated fifth printing of author's fascinating account of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Signed and dated November 17, 1998. The surprise popularity of this well-written but unlikely bestseller quickly sent it into multiple printings. It came out late August 1998 and this fifth printing is signed & dated mid-November. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers are protected with clear archival wraps and we pack each book like it's a Tiffany egg.
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. The two central characters are so well drawn that it makes for an absorbing read. The only minor quibble is that some of the side stories meander to the point of distraction.
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 asylum for murder and became one of the most prolific volunteer contributors to the peerless text. It's about a mad life partly redeemed by scholarship. The book also raises serious questions about the lines between normalcy and madness, and the peculiarities of a mind at once so ill and delusional, yet so rigorous. The reader is also given devastating glimpses of the Victorian Lambeth slums, Minor's adolescent lusts in Ceylon, his horrible self-castration, and his increasingly debilitating "monomania" in old age. In contrast, Murray's "character" is overshadowed, but he seems a model of decorum and consideration in his treatment of Minor. But perhaps most astonishing of all is the 70-year heroic undertaking to complete the OED itself. An altogether absorbing read.
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