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    for each word there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings—the way almost every word slips in its silvery fishlike way weaving this way and that adding subtleties of nuance to itself and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates” Herbert Coleridge whose brilliant life was to

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    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever striving to be cunning linguist I was all auiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary OED Alas despite being well written and thoroughly researched I’m having to fake it a bit to give this a full 3 stars My prim

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    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary OED Dr Chester Minor was one of the primary contributors to the massive project But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum Simon Winchester image from Andersons Bookshop The book tells their separate stories how Murray rose to the prominence necessary to land this major position how Minor emerged f

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    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are For example “I have to interact with Sean todayUGH I’d much rather read the dictionary”This is an effective comparison for good reason Look I love words as much as the next guy but even I find reading the dictionary only slightly fun t

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    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend Elouent writing and the talented vocal work o

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    This is the fascinating incredible but true story of the 70 year project to compile “The New English Dictionary on Historical Prin

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    A man goes insane shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries What an odd way to enter the academic worldAnd believe it or not those aren't even spoilers Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly riveting read The Professor and the Madman

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    Another incredible story that one can put under the heading Truth is stranger than fiction How lucky we are that now as readers writers we can just look up a word find its meaning and pronunciation but such was not always the case Until I read this book I never really thought about this before a time when this valuable resource was not available What a huge undertaking this was the amount of work staggeringMurray and Minor two men

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    If you know me personally or almost personally then you should be aware that I am uite mad I have a heavy obses

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    I have been meaning to read this book for years – I couldn’t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother’s place I showed it to her and then lent it to her She told me she enjoyed it – so tha

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Scovered that one man Dr W C Minor had submitted than ten thousand When the committee insisted on honoring him a shocking truth came to light Dr Minor an American Civil War veteran was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insan. Another incredible story that one can put under the heading Truth is stranger than fiction How lucky we are that now as readers writers we can just look up a word find its meaning and pronunciation but such was not always the case Until I read this book I never really thought about this before a time when this valuable resource was not available What a huge undertaking this was the amount of work staggeringMurray and Minor two men crucial to the project but living in very different circumstances One free and the agent in charge of the whole project The other deemed insane and committed to an asylum Yet he was the most prolific reader and sent in the most additions to the dictionary Brilliant man but not able to live in society Fascinsting back story there but some of what he does is cringe worthyA entertaining and informative book that I am glad to have finally read It had been staring at me from my book shelf for uite awhile

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne A Tale of Murder Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman masterfully researched and of Crowthorne eBook #8608 elouently written is an extraordinary tale of madness genius and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford Engli. Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary OED Dr Chester Minor was one of the primary contributors to the massive project But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum Simon Winchester image from Andersons Bookshop The book tells their separate stories how Murray rose to the prominence necessary to land this major position how Minor emerged from a troubled if well to do youth to commit a heinous and addled murder in London and then to be institutionalized for the rest of his life The book gives a vivid picture of the times mid to late 19th century Winchester has a gift for bringing history to life and surprising usPublished September 28 1008Review April 28 2017EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesA few other books by Simon Winchester Krakatoa Atlantic Pacific The Map That Changed the WorldThere are plenty Winchester books out there I have listed only the ones I have read

read õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Simon Winchester

Sh Dictionary and literary history The compilation of the OED begun in was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As The Surgeon ePUB #10003 definitions were collected the overseeing committee led by Professor James Murray di. People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are For example I have to interact with Sean todayUGH I d much rather read the dictionary This is an effective comparison for good reason Look I love words as much as the next guy but even I find reading the dictionary only slightly fun than reading the phone book What s a phone book ask all the millennials simultaneously scratching their virtual heads Conseuently it may come as a shock to hear that reading ABOUT a dictionary is uite delightful Winchester s chronicle of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary or at least the bizarre story of Dr William Chester Minor s contribution to it is a fascinating story of perseverance mental illness and logophilia which is not I assure you a strange proclivity for fornicating with corporate logos Say what you will about the OED primary critiues might focus on its overwhelmingly white maleness it s an epic achievement in the history of language and the fact that a not insignificant portion of its content was contributed by a mentally unstable American murderer who thought that mysterious beings snuck into his room at night to violate him and turn him into a pimp is one of the delightful intriguing footnotes you ll come across In short when Professor James Murray the man tasked with being the architect of the OED sent out a call for volunteers to assist the editors in compiling examples of how words were used to help contextualize definitions it was Minor already an inmate at an asylum after it was determined he was not mentally fit to be jailed for his crime who stood first or at least among the first rank among euals when it came to contributing A brilliant man with nothing but time and blood one might argue on his hands Minor diligently scoured pages and pages of texts from the 16th 17th and 18th centuries to find the supporting references that are the OED s hallmark That he produced such a prodigious and precise body of work while battling his own inner demons is a testament to his impressive mental facultiesTo illustrate just how powerful those demons were consider for a moment an exceedingly painful moment that at one point in a desperate attempt to reconcile a burgeoning religiosity with past sexual indiscretions and ongoing sex fueled delusions Minor a doctor by trade used a penknife to CUT OFF HIS OWN PENIS Now look we all have days those of us with penises penii I mean where we re frustrated with the little guy I for example get agitated when I accidentally mix mine up with the garden hose when doing yard work which happens freuently than you d think on account of similarities in length girth and greenness But still the idea of it being severed let alone severing it myself sans anesthesia and using a turn of the century penknifewell let s just say that I d rather read the dictionaryThis is by turns fascinating grotesue tragic and informative recommended for those who like their historical monographs esoteric and bizarre