The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 9780140271287 Number of pages: 224 Weight: 159 g Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
A fascinating story that not only delves into the mind of a Victorian psychopath, but also tells us something of the hidden history of the Oxford English Dictionary - what's not to love! Simon Winchester has a...
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