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The Professor and the Madman is an strange tale of insanity, genius, and the implausible obsessions of 2 outstanding males that resulted in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary historical past.

The making of the OED was once some of the bold tasks ever undertaken. As definitions had been amassed, the overseeing committee, led by means of Professor James Murray, was once shocked to find that one guy, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted greater than 10000. However their marvel might faded compared to what they had been approximately to find whilst the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil Conflict veteran, was once additionally an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective tale of the last decade.” (William Safire, New York Times Mag)

This P.S. version options an additional 16 pages of insights into the Ebook, together with creator interviews, beneficial studying, and extra.