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The Resource The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester

The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester

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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
Title
The professor and the madman
Title remainder
a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
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Simon Winchester
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Language
eng
Summary
The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
423/.092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PE1617.O94
LC item number
W56 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The big dictionary conceived
  • 6.
  • The scholar in cell block two
  • 7.
  • Entering the lists
  • 8.
  • Annulated, art, brick-tea, buckwheat
  • 9.
  • The meeting of minds
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • The unkindest cut
  • 11.
  • Then only the monuments
  • The dead of night in Lambeth Marsh
  • 2.
  • The man who taught Latin to cattle
  • 3.
  • The madness of war
  • 4.
  • Gathering Earth's daughters
Control code
ocm38425992
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 242 pages
Isbn
9780060839789
Lccn
98010204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)38425992
Label
The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The big dictionary conceived
  • 6.
  • The scholar in cell block two
  • 7.
  • Entering the lists
  • 8.
  • Annulated, art, brick-tea, buckwheat
  • 9.
  • The meeting of minds
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • The unkindest cut
  • 11.
  • Then only the monuments
  • The dead of night in Lambeth Marsh
  • 2.
  • The man who taught Latin to cattle
  • 3.
  • The madness of war
  • 4.
  • Gathering Earth's daughters
Control code
ocm38425992
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 242 pages
Isbn
9780060839789
Lccn
98010204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)38425992

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