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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book  •  Now a Major Motion Picture

The Professor and the Madman 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 making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective story of the decade.” (William Safire, New York Times Magazine)

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2009
October 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Rob of Africa ,

Amazing

Simon Winchester has taken an extremely dry subject and produced a very interesting tale. Well worth a read.

OB/GYN Kanobi ,

Must re ad for word lovers

Great title. Fast flowing tale of monumental undertaking of OED and the tortured mind of Dr Minor, the man behind the words. Quick read. Super fun.

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