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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
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The professor and the madman
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a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the oxford english dictionary
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Simon Winchester
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The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, and drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors to the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, hand-written quotations from his home. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly, mysteriously, refused. Finally, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray would finally learn the truth about Minor ... that, in addition to being a masterly wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics
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Winchester, Simon
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  • Murray, James A. H.
  • Minor, William Chester
  • Minor, William Chester
  • Murray, James A. H.
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Psychiatric hospital patients
  • Lexicographers
  • English language
  • English language
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • English language
  • English language
  • Friendship
  • Lexicographers
  • Psychiatric hospital patients
  • Veterans
  • Great Britain
  • United States
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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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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the oxford english dictionary, Simon Winchester
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (7 hr., 20 min.)
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9780060756321
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