The Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester

The Professor and the Madman

By Simon Winchester

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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New York Times Bestseller

Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.

The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman 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 linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

Reviews

  • Must re ad for word lovers

    5
    By OB/GYN Kanobi
    Great title. Fast flowing tale of monumental undertaking of OED and the tortured mind of Dr Minor, the man behind the words. Quick read. Super fun.
  • Amazing

    4
    By Rob of Africa
    Simon Winchester has taken an extremely dry subject and produced a very interesting tale. Well worth a read.