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The Resource The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Philip Hood]

The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Philip Hood]

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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
Title
The professor and the madman
Title remainder
a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Philip Hood]
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 1857, 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. W. C. 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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
CaOWTO
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Winchester, Simon
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murray, James A. H.
  • Minor, William Chester
  • Psychiatric hospital patients
  • Lexicographers
  • English language
  • English language
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Philip Hood]
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes a P.S. section with information about Simon Winchester
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-242)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First HarperPerennial edition.
Extent
xiii, 242, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060839789
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations.
Ownership
*
System control number
  • 1509031
  • 1003104
  • 214549
Label
The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary, Simon Winchester ; [illustrations by Philip Hood]
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes a P.S. section with information about Simon Winchester
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-242)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First HarperPerennial edition.
Extent
xiii, 242, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060839789
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations.
Ownership
*
System control number
  • 1509031
  • 1003104
  • 214549

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