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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.
Fascinating account of the creation of one of the monuments in English lexicography. Starts like a "thriller", winds up as interesting history.Published 9 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 9 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 11 days ago by dstrong
Winchester found a golden story and gave it proper dues. This is compelling history, plain and simple. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ryan Mease
Beautifully researched and written, intriguing story line, fascinating characters, and above all, words, words, words!Published 17 days ago by Patricia I. Langston
Excellent read for anyone who is interested in language and the writing of the most comprehensive dictionary of the English language in existence. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Betzee
A very interesting telling about the making of the famous Oxfor DictionaryPublished 22 days ago by Fredika