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Read "The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" by Simon Winchester available from Rakuten. HarperCollins e-books, Oct 13, - Biography & Autobiography - pages The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius. The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (eBook): Winchester, Simon: The Professor and the.
I just felt it was disingenuous to use the story as a hook in exactly the same way. But whatever. It gave me something easy to hang the story on, and got me into it in the first place. I tend to think of its whole community of volunteers working together on a collection of human knowledge as something new and technological in an internet-only kind of way, but that is also how the OED was built.
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Search Catalog Website. Staff lists Bookmatch Screenmatch Beanstack. Average Rating: Rate this: The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, 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 compilation of the OED, begun in , was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.
As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Branch Call Number: Electronic reproduction. I had never really thought about what a Herculean effort it took. But the story about the professor and the madman was disappointing.
Few facts, lots of speculation. Interesting reading, especially about the OED. Agree with other readers who thought it was too "fluffed out" - the entire story could have been told in half the length or less. This added nothing to the story and degraded the overall quality of the writing. The fascinating story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary also includes the story of a Civil War surgeon committed to Broadmoor, an English insane asylum.
As a linear thinker, I greatly appreciated the detailed process that Dr. Murray set in motion to begin the immense task of creating a proper English dictionary. Attempting such a daunting task in the 19th century required many, many readers and contributors to comb all English works to help define the word accurately in all its forms while determining when it was first used as well as including sentences showing usage.
Murray placed ads with booksellers and one of those ads found its way to Dr. Minor in his asylum cell. Thus a decades-long relationship was born which benefited both men as well as the dictionary project. As many nonfiction books show us, truth can absolutely be stranger than fiction.
Winchester tells us the story in such a way that we appreciate both players while understanding the circumstances they were immersed in. This may be the most singularly nerdy book group book I've read, but it's also an enjoyable one.
It blends what could easily be a sensational, lurid story with an obvious, fitting love of words, blended with a dose of compassion for the plight of the insane Dr. In the age of Wikipedia and crowdsourcing, it's mind-boggling to imagine the the analogue process of putting together such an exhaustive, enduring legacy as the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary.
A charming bit of narrative non-fiction. One of them went mad after the American Civil War and killed a man in England, where he was sent to an asylum. The other was a philologist who had trouble getting meaningful work in his field.
Together they did not fight crime! I just felt it was disingenuous to use the story as a hook in exactly the same way. But whatever. It gave me something easy to hang the story on, and got me into it in the first place.
I tend to think of its whole community of volunteers working together on a collection of human knowledge as something new and technological in an internet-only kind of way, but that is also how the OED was built.
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