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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
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in a fascinating story.
This makes it very easy for the author write as if he does not care about what happens to the characters, which is what Winchester does.
The full title of this book is The Professor and the Madman, A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The author has a highly enjoyable writing style and weaves an entertaining narrative out of the historical events. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Matthew W.
A fascinating story illustrating the thin line between genius and insanity, as well as the heroic task of completing the OED. A look at history in the making. Read morePublished 13 days ago by J. D. Waller
Fascinating book - never knew how dictionaries were started. Would recommend itPublished 17 days ago by Jody Farrell
This is a fascinating recount of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, made more so by the involvement of an American scholar institutionalized in England for the savage... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rich M
I was fascinated by the build up to the start of the OED and the story of both Dr. Minor and Murray. But when things were moving comfortably along the story takes a dramatic turn. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mike
Nicely written and researched. An unusual story, well worth knowing.Published 26 days ago by Herbert Steiner
One of the best books I have ever read. I would give it more than five stars if I could. I did learn so much and enjoyed doing the learning! You will be glad to read this.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer