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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
Author: Simon Winchester
ISBN 13: 9780060839789
ISBN 10: 60839783
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2005
Format: Paperback
Pages: 242
List Price: $15.99
 
 

Part homage to the greatest reference work of all time, the Oxford English Dictionary, part mystery, part intellectual history of Victorian England, The Professor and the Madman tells the parallel stories of the dictionary's genius editor and one of his most prolific contributors, an insane American doctor committed to an asylum for murder.

USA Today - Bob Minzesheimer

It's a story for readers who know the joy of words and can appreciate side trips through the history of dictionaries and marvel at the idea that when Shakespeare wrote, there were no dictionaries to consult.... Winchester, a British journalist who's written 12 other books, combines a reporter's eye for detail with a historian's sense of scale. His writing is droll and eloquent.