The professor and the madman

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Grouping Title professor and the madman a tale of murder insanity and the making of the oxford english dictionary
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display_description The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Biographies, English, English language -- Etymology, English language -- Lexicography, English language -- Lexicography -- History -- 19th century, History, Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography, Minor, William Chester, Murray, James A. H. -- (James Augustus Henry), -- 1837-1915, Murray, James Augustus Henry, -- Sir, -- 1837-1915 -- Friends and associates, New English dictionary on historical principles, Oxford English dictionary, Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Biography
title_display The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
title_full The Professor and the Madman, The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary / Simon Winchester, The professor and the madman [sound recording] / by Simon Winchester
title_short The professor and the madman :
topic_facet Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, English language, Etymology, Friends and associates, History, Lexicographers, Lexicography, Minor, William Chester, Murray, James A. H, Murray, James Augustus Henry, Nonfiction, Psychiatric hospital patients, Veterans