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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.
Great story of the Oxford English Dictionary and the man who helped greatly in getting it startedPublished 7 days ago by Rick DiClemente
Fascinating, fun read. Who would have thought. The author did his reasearch.Published 12 days ago by Valerie Shah
Great read! Life is really strange. Thank goodness there are interesting people along the path! Loved this unusual book!Published 13 days ago by Connie Christenson
Each year, the esteemed lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries examine the new entrees in our vernacular to determine which gems will become the latest... Read more
Fascinating account of the creation of one of the monuments in English lexicography. Starts like a "thriller", winds up as interesting history.Published 28 days ago by Ross Barentyne
Truly interesting if you have any desire to learn how The Oxford English Dictionany actually came to be. Who knew? Now, you will.Published 29 days ago by DIANA
Winchester chronicles -- and corrects in part -- a fascinating story. The imagining and creation of the OED looms prominently in the background, but the personal struggles and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dstrong