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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Simon Winchester is a gift to all who read his most marvellous books! Subjects we sometimes overlook, question and search.....but here in The Professor and the Madman.... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robin Lee Bown
I will never take a dictionary for granted again! The incredible dedication of these people to catalogue the English language was beyond amazing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by nicole grant
The book is well balanced between the history of the OED and the life and times of Dr. William Minor, (a major contributor). Read morePublished 21 months ago by bernie
Interesting story, unfortunately mishandled by the author. A book on the makings of the OED deserves better. Read morePublished on July 21 2013 by CFB
Enjoyed reading this book. Well written, and very interesting. Certainly proves that the truth can be stranger than fiction. Will be reading more from this author.Published on Feb. 7 2013 by John A.
The Professor & the Madman is both captivating and informative. The conception of the Oxford English Dictionary is an unparalleled testament of hardship and one man's redemption... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2012 by JSB
The book is well balanced between the history of the OED and the life and times of Dr. William Minor, (a major contributor). Read morePublished on July 28 2010 by bernie
The Professor and the Madman is the yellow journalism version of the history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Sir James Murray, Dr. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2007 by Donald Mitchell