Anglophile Books International Bookfinders

Our secure web pages are hosted by Chrislands Inc, who use a Thawte SSL Certificate to ensure secure transmission of your information.
Fully Trusted SSL Certificate
 
Search our online stock

Author
Title
Word in Description
Keyword or subject
ISBN
 
 
Some of our favourite authors
Vera Brittain

E.M. Delafield

Jane Duncan

"Elizabeth" von Arnim

Elizabeth Gaskell

Rumer Godden

Elizabeth Goudge

Georgette Heyer

L.M. Montgomery

Barbara Pym

Miss Read

Margery Sharp

D.E. Stevenson

Angela Thirkell
 
 
 

Author Name    WINCHESTER, Simon

Title   Professor and the Madman : A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper

Edition   Fourth Printing

Size   242 pages

Publisher   New York Harpercollins 1998

ISBN Number    0060175966 / 9780060175962

Seller ID   2130

Spine ends lightly bumped, one faint smudge to text block edge. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy.; 'The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.'; Published @ $22.00.

Great Britain Oxford English Dictionary etymoloy Lexicography

Price = 12.00 USD


Other Tempting Treasures
Angela Thirkell's World : A Complete Guide to the People and Places of Barsetshire, THIRKELL] BURRELL, Barbara
Angela Thirkell's World : A Complete Guide to the People and Places of Barsetshire

Shooting Party

Figurehead

Wodehouse, a Life

Death of a Celebrity, BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney]
Death of a Celebrity

Cheaper by the Dozen

Body in the Belfry, The, PAGE, Katherine Hall
Body in the Belfry, The

Life Skills

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to info@anglophilebooks.com
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie