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The Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester
The Professor and the Madman
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781606711385 (1606711385)
ASIN: 1606711385
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
Non Fiction, Social
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JeffreyKeeten rated it
...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 bril...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
4.0 The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
14/7 - Despite the title this book didn't have that much to do with The Surgeon of Crowthorne or the murder of an innocent man which he committed whilst in a psychotic state. That was just a platform for Winchester to give the history of the Oxford English Dictionary - actually a more interesting to...
XOX rated it
The making of the Oxford dictionary. This person was creative and just asked a lot of persons to help out in the project. Sending him scripts and making up sentences while he edit and picked the usable entry. Very entertaining read.
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 THE SURGEON OF CROWTHORNE. A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words.
While it's written more as an almost disassociated series of articles about the Oxford English Dictionary and a mad man who was pivotal in helping create it. At first the dictionary's editor, James Murray, didn't know that the man who did so much work on the dictionary was in fact incarcerated in B...
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
What Goodreader wouldn't like a story about words? Easily 3 Stars for this tale of how an American doctor played a central role in the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. I was amazed and humbled by the story of James Murray, who only had formal schooling to age 14, yet rose to lead the OED ef...
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