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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 description sounded more interesting than it really was. A quick read and got it at a good price so no harm done.Published 13 days ago by SiebyFix
Definitely worth reading. Winchester's approach was as interesting as the topic. Who would have thought that reading about the creation of a dictionary could be so enjoyable?Published 15 days ago by MKS
Very different, very unusual, extraordinary, exciting, profound, thought-provoking, exquisitely written... a gem.Published 19 days ago by Joan Michel
Well written story that is sad and uplifting at the same time. A must for anyone who loves the English language. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jwbenson
Great story of the Oxford English Dictionary and the man who helped greatly in getting it startedPublished 1 month ago by Rick DiClemente
Fascinating, fun read. Who would have thought. The author did his reasearch.Published 1 month ago by Valerie Shah
Great read! Life is really strange. Thank goodness there are interesting people along the path! Loved this unusual book!Published 1 month ago by Connie Christenson