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    DescriptionThe making of the "Oxford English Dictionary" was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the "OED's" editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.


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    Title
    The Surgeon of Crowthorne
    Subtitle
    A Tale of Murder,Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Winchester
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 158 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140271287
    ISBN 10: 0140271287
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25640
    DC21: 423.092
    BISAC V2.8: REF008000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: CFM
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, CFM
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    09 January 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Winchester has had an award-winning 20 year career as Guardian correspondent. He lives in New York and is the Asia-Pacific Editor for Conde Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC. He has written numerous books. THE RIVER AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD (Viking 1997/Penguin 1998) has been shortlisted for the 1998 Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award.
    Review text
    A gripping tale of violent passions and madness and the precise meaning of words. Two men, miles apart, toil away on a formidable project that was scheduled to take 10 years but in the event demanded 71. Their booklined rooms keep them safe from the roar of the outside world - one a study at Oxford University, the other a cell in Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane. James Murray, editor of The Oxford English Dictionary, is a willing captive, a respectable academic content in his tower, while Dr W C Minor, one of the OED's most prodigious and painstaking contributors, is held for his own safety as he is constantly pulled back into the maelstrom of his own private madness. They both delight in their task, however, and communicate over many years by footnote, annotation and cross-reference. Winchester is a maddeningly good writer and invests a tale that, in truth, is almost without incident with genuine pace and tension. (Kirkus UK)