The shocking story of the single greatest contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary in 1857 reveals that the man who contributed 10,000 definitions to the book was in fact a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane. Reprint. 100,000 first printing. Tour. NYT.
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 1999. Trade paperback. Book Condition: New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 272 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris_0007486
Book Description Harper Perennial, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006099486X
Book Description Harper Perennial September 1999, 1999. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. There ought to be a new entry in the Oxford English Dictionary for a book like this -- part detective story, part tragedy, part meditation on all the crooked lines that often go into something straight. It is about ''grand conjunctions'': in this case the crossed paths of a brilliant though unhinged American army surgeon committed to an insane asylum after a murder, and the chief editor of the OED. Simon Winchester is a skilled and sympathetic storyteller, in awe of the mystery of the human person, the riddle of madness and genius that confronts us in Dr. William Chester Minor (the surgeon) and Dr. James Murray (the editor), and of the unimaginably huge task of creating the OED. One might expect a narrative that stretches from the fortunes of a missionary family in Ceylon, to the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864, to the seamier side of Victorian London, to be merely sprawling, but it is all woven together subtly and sensibly. Don't miss this poignant, enjoyable, rewarding read. Bookseller Inventory # 130169
Book Description Harper Perennial, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 006099486X
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11006099486X