The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder,Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

The making of the "Oxford English Dictionary" was once a enormous 50 12 months job requiring hundreds of thousands of volunteers. one of many keenest volunteers used to be a W C Minor who astonished every body by way of refusing to return to Oxford to obtain his congratulations. after all, James Murray, the "OED's" editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to fulfill him. What he came upon used to be impressive - Minor used to be a millionaire American civil conflict health care provider became lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for homicide and but who devoted his whole cell-bound lifestyles to paintings at the English language.

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