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

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

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 c The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius,...

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Title:The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author:Simon Winchester
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Surgeon of Crowthorne: a tale of murder, madness & the love of words
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:242 pages pages

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

  • Kinga
    Jan 20, 2011
    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...
  • Trevor
    Sep 04, 2008
    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...
  • Diane
    Aug 14, 2007
    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...
  • Danae
    Sep 09, 2008
    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...
  • Stephen
    May 15, 2011
    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...
  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 18, 2011
    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...
  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008
    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 22, 2015
    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...
  • Sean Gibson
    Apr 13, 2015
    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    Sep 25, 2017
    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...