The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
|Format:||Large Print 1999|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 3 copies|
The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, 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 compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This audio also includes a conversation between Simon Winchester and John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
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Murray, James A. H.
-- (James Augustus Henry),
-- Friends and associates.
Oxford English dictionary.
New English dictionary on historical principles.
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- History and criticism.
Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
English language -- Lexicography.
English language -- Etymology.
Large type books.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Biography.
|Publisher|| Thorndike, Me. :G.K. Hall,1999
308 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
|ISBN||0783885008 (lg. print : hc : acid-free paper)