The professor and the madman

by Winchester, Simon.

Format: Book on CD 1999
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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

Additional Information
Subjects Murray, James A. H. -- (James Augustus Henry), -- 1837-1915 -- Friends and associates.
Minor, William Chester.
Oxford English dictionary.
New English dictionary on historical principles.
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
English language -- Lexicography.
English language -- Etymology.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Biography.
Publisher [New York] :Harper Audio,1999
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Professor & the madman
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
"A tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary"--Container.
"This audio also includes a conversation between Simon Winchester and John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English dictionary."--Container.
Description 6 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0060836261
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