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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 story told within the pages of this book is an interesting one and would appeal to anyone who loves words. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Slaw
I got this book very quickly. I needed it for book club. The book is interesting as far as the history of the dictionary, however it can be very drawn out. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Patti P.
This is such an excellent story. Terribly interesting and very informative. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn by reading this book. Very much worth reading.Published 10 days ago by C. Noffsinger
Interesting and informative book that masterfully intertwines a unique tale with a significant event in history. The tale of insanity that befell W. C. Read morePublished 17 days ago by regnery wandrey
This is a very interesting, extremely well documented account of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and the mentally ill American doctor who provided many of its early... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Albert S. Berman
A nice story about an interesting, distant relationship with some cool information about crafting an actual dictionary. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Eston Melton
I never knew how the dictionary came about. Amazing history.Published 27 days ago by graciesjourney
The book is well balanced between the history of the OED and the life and times of Dr. William Minor, (a major contributor). Read morePublished 1 month ago by bernie
Anyone who loves words and their varied lives, particularly the OED, will be enthralled.Published 1 month ago by Eileen O Malley Callahan