The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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The Madman and the Professor, masterfully studied and eloquently written, is an extraordinary story of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men who led to the realization of the Oxford English Dictionary — and of literary historyThe compilation of the OED began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertakenThe definitions were collected, supervision of the committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that a man, Dr. WCMinor, had presented more than ten thousandWhen the committee insisted on respect for him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also a detainee in a criminal nuthouseThis PSedition features a 16-page supplement of ideas in the book, including author interviews, reading tips, and more
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