The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
ISBN: 0060839783
EAN13: 9780060839789
Language: English
Publication Date: January 1, 2005
Pages: 242
Dimensions: 0.80" H x 7.80" L x 5.20" W
Weight: 0.50 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
Hailed by the New York Times as a fascinating, spicy, learned tale, this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary genius, madness, and the making of theOxford English Dictionary.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover The Professor and the Madman , masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
From the front Cover The Professor and the Madman , masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. -- USA Today