The meaning of everything [the story of the Oxford English dictionary]

by Winchester, Simon.

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2004 2004
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Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries, The Oxford English dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers.
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Subjects Murray, James A. H. (James Augustus Henry), 1837-1915
Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910
Coleridge, Herbert, 1830-1861
Oxford English dictionary
English language Lexicography History 19th century
Lexicographers Great Britain Biography
Biography & Autobiography
19th century.
Publisher New York :HarperAudio2004
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Simon Winchester.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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ISBN 9780060744038
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