The Professor and the Madman
Looks at 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 began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
"P.S.-insights, interviews & more"--Cover
The man who taught Latin to cattle
The madness of war
Gathering Earth's daughters
The big dictionary conceived
The scholar in cell block two
Entering the lists
Annulated, art, brick-tea, buckwheat
The meeting of minds
The unkindest cut
Then only the monuments
Encyclopedias and dictionaries
PE1617.O94 W56 2005
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