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Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading light, Professor James Murray, who spent more than 40 years of his life on a project he would not see completed in his lifetime. Winchester traces the origins of the drive to create a "Big Dictionary" down through Murray and far back into the past; the result is a fascinating compact history of the English language (albeit admittedly more interesting to linguistics enthusiasts than historians or true crime buffs). That Murray and Minor, whose lives took such wildly disparate turns yet were united in their fierce love of language, were able to view one another as peers and foster a warm friendship is just one of the delicately turned subplots of this compelling book. --Tjames Madison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The story of the two men portrayed in this book provides insight into the 70 year project that was the Oxford English Dictionary. Read morePublished 8 days ago by GSD
Well written and full of information. Just too much laborious detailing the descriptions of the crafting of the dictionary. Story line was goodPublished 14 days ago by elizabeth knego
Good, but could benefit from imagery. If there were an expanded version containing images of the "madman's" submissions, I would buy it.Published 29 days ago by Anthony L. Reitz
A great story, a great storyteller- the perfect storm for historical non-fiction readers.Published 1 month ago by Richard D. Johnson
The Professor and the Madman came highly recommended to me. Brilliant Civil War doctor who can afford an extensive library contributes to the compilation of the world's most... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margery Leonard
This book has the best sub-title ever: “A tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary”. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AYJ
Well written and very intriguing - history of Oxford Dictionary entrees by an inmate of "Bedlam"Published 1 month ago by Arn
Absorbing, gripping, and above all intensely humane. This history of the Oxford English Dictionary and the compelling personalities around its creation is one of the better reads... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Umair Khan