17 May 2008

Simon Winchester – The Professor And The Madman – A tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Posted by Dirk under: books .

Tells the story of Dr W.C. Minor, an American who was declared insane after he murdered a man in England. He spent the rest of his life in an asylum and while there was a major contributor to the creation of the O.E.D. (an undertaking that took 60 years!).

An interesting story. Check it out if you are interested in history and philology.

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)

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