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The Professor and the Madman

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester

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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, begun in 1857, 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.


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Publisher: HarperCollins

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  • Release date: Oct 13, 2009

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  • ISBN: 9780061807602
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  • File size: 2912 KB
  • Release date: Jan 10, 2006

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Lexile Score: 1330
Text Difficulty: 10-12

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, begun in 1857, 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.


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    HarperCollins

    Kindle Book
    Release date: Oct 13, 2009

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780061807602
    Release date: Oct 13, 2009

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780061807602
    File size: 2183 KB
    Release date: Oct 13, 2009

    PDF eBook
    File size: 2912 KB
    Release date: Jan 10, 2006

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  • Available formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
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  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    Lexile Score: 1330
    Text Difficulty: 10-12