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

Title:The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
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  • May 15, 2011

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OE...

  • Nov 22, 2015

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings—the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of ...

  • Apr 13, 2015

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: “I ...

  • Feb 18, 2011

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that...

  • Nov 22, 2008

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world!And believe it or not, those aren't even spoiler...

  • Jan 20, 2011

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything i...

  • Sep 09, 2008

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more li...

  • Sep 04, 2008

    I have been meaning to read this book for years – I couldn’t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that w...

  • Aug 14, 2007

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you.Simon Winchester weaves toge...

  • Jul 10, 2008

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically...