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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was one of the most prolific contributors to the dictionary, sending thousands of neat, hand-written quotations from his home. After numerous refusals from Minor to visit his home in Oxford, Murray set out to find him. It was then that Murray would finally learn the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterly wordsmith, he was also an insane murderer locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics. The Professor and the Madman is the unforgettable story of the madness and genius that contributed to one of the greatest literary achievements in the history of English letters. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrienne Fisher | 2/5/2014

    " The style is just a bit stiff, but this is one of those wonderful off-the-beaten-track books (that's gotten unusually popular for a book like this)about another untold story that should be taught in schools =). Pretty fascinating stuff - though if you love books like this and have never read him before, Paul Collins has a much looser, more conversational style - the man can make ANYthing interesting. The material of this one is gripping, but the style held it back a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/1/2014

    " Who knew that the writing of a dictionary could prove to be such a fascinating subject? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rob | 1/30/2014

    " The title is way overblown, and the complexity of the OED's creation and ongoing growth is oversimplified, but reference librarians of a certain age, as well as those who love the Victorian period, will enjoy this very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tommy | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting, if a little all-over-the-place, Winchester's book requires tangents in order to pad out its main story of how a Civil War surgeon went crazy, murdered someone in London, and wound up contributing a great deal to the Oxford English Dictionary from his two-room suite at an asylum. There is a lot of great trivia in here, though. "

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