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Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary Paperback – Illustrated, March 1, 2001

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"A biography that possesses many of the virtues of James Murray himself— grace, humor, intelligence, curiosity, and scholarship." -- Time

"A moving and dramatic story . . . sometimes tragic, often comic, ultimately triumphant." -- Times, London

From the Back Cover

This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and a lexicographer greater by far than Dr. Johnson. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it, and the endless difficulties which nearly led to the whole enterprise being abandoned.

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  • Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780300089196
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300089196
  • Product Dimensions : 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Publisher : Yale University Press (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0300089198
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 22 ratings
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