The professor and the madman book
The Professor and the Madman
Information about Murray was much easier to obtain. When it was republished in its entirety ineven by the diminished standards of the marsh dwellers, it totaled 10 volumes with. An American surgeon and Dr. Yet this was a most unusual event?
His most valuable discovery was a descendant of Minor who had a box of family papers in an attic in Connecticut. However, this book was right up my alley. She said yes, I'd have a splendid yarn to. Since I am a person who took her learned brother's advice which was "read the dictionary every day".
In when Prof. James Murray began the challenging assignment of editing the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, a project of unprecedented historical and cultural importance, the call went out for volunteers to supply quotations to illustrate definitions. The most prolific and faithful correspondent, represented by more than 10, entries, was Dr. William C. Minor, a surgeon residing in Crowthorne in the English countryside in Berkshire. Murray, who had not yet met Minor, assumed that he was a ''practicing medical man of literary tastes with a good deal of leisure.
View all 14 comments. Do you think there will ever be a complete overhaul of it. Every profession has members who some might consider mad. He sought penance for his crime by apologizing to the widow of the man he had killed, and he gave her and her children money. Simon Winchester: Constant th.
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: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Everyone involved in this one was interesting. He captured my attention on page one and held it throughout. Author Simon Winchester, takes what could otherwise seem lexicographical drud. How does the arrival of Dr.
He also seemed to forget where he was headed from time to time, "oh, someone quite different. He was after someone else. Winchester takes a topic that looks like it could weigh you down and indeed turns it into a bit of an intellectual adventure. That revelation alone was worth the price of the madamn for me and further elevated my profound respect for the masterful word-smiths of antiquity!