The book is well balanced between the history of the OED and the and times of William Minor a major contributorSimon Winchester can hold and times of Dr William Minor a major contributorSimon Winchester can hold all the ood stuff and disperse it throughout his writing So just when you think you read it all some new fact or weird uirk shows up Interspersed with the story are relevant definitions as they would appear in the OED His description of Broadmoor makes you want to sign up on the waiting list I read this book some years ago now whilst staying with friends in Germany The book is so fascinating that I have never forgotten it and eventually wished to renew my acuaintance with the detail once again Sure enough I was as transfixed with it as I was the first time A tale of tragedy incorporated with the enormous task of putting together our very first Oxford English DictionaryThere had been other dictionaries before of course but this proved to be the definitiveSimon Winchester is a past master of research and story telling that makes you keep turning pages until well in to the late eveningDerrick Orton Excellent story and well resear. A New York Times Notable Book The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness enius and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English *Dictionary and literary historyThe making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As definitions wer. *and literary historyThe making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As definitions wer.
WINCHESTER SIMON É 0 Free downloadShould I think be acuitted for example he rejects the attractive but untrue tale that the editor of the OED James Murray only found out about Minor s situation when he went to visit him at Broadmoor Where Winchester is speculating as for example on the
uestionof what triggered Minor s insanity this is made clearThe audiobook consists of an unabridged reading by himself It is in eneral very well done Perhaps it was a mistake to attempt a Scottish accent when recounting the words of James Murray Winchester s effort at Border Scots is not much better than Dick van Dyke s characterisation of the cockney But the normal reading voice is a pleasant Oxford English An interesting true story well told Though there were some strangenesses in my edition like phrases repeated on two close pages with only slight changes in wording And it was a bit inhuman of Winchester to say we should be Finding Reason grateful for the tragedy of the murdered and the murderer else the OED would have been lessood I m not willing to sacrifice two lives for a dictionary Fantastic true storysuperbly written. N inmate at an asylum for the criminally insaneMasterfully researched and elouently written The Professor and the Madman is the linguistic detective story of the decade William Safire New York Times MagazineThis PS edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading .of what triggered minor s insanity this iswhat triggered Minor s insanity this is clearThe audiobook consists of an unabridged reading by
Ched and written A must for lovers of history fact and the English language The Professor and the Madman tells the story of Dr WC Minor a Victorian murderer who the English language The Professor and the Madman tells the story of Dr WC Minor a Victorian murderer who one of
the most important contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary posting his work to the editor ofmost important contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary posting his work to the editor of dictionary from his cells in Broadmoor Minor was spared the noose after the court had decided rightly that he was insaneWinchester s book has been criticised on two rounds First that the basic story is rather thin for
Book Length Treatment Andlength treatment and been extended by means of background material ornate physical descriptions and so on Second that the boundary between fact and fiction is not clearAs for the first charge it s true that the story is developed at a slow and careful pace but the background material is compelling Thus we learn about the enlightened treatment of the insane in the English criminal justice system the brutal punishments in use in the American Civil War including branding the history of dictionary making the categorisation of mental illnessOn the charge of fictionalisation Winchester. E collected the overseeing committee led by Professor James Murray was stunned to discover that one man Dr W C Minor had submittedthan 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 .