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The professor and the madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary

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The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.
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Biography
English
English language -- Etymology
English language -- Lexicography
English language -- Lexicography -- History -- 19th century
Great Britain
Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Minor, William Chester
Murray, James A. H. -- (James Augustus Henry), -- 1837-1915
New English dictionary on historical principles
Oxford English dictionary
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography
Psychiatry
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Biography
title_displayThe professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
title_fullThe Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary / Simon Winchester
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English language
Etymology
History
Lexicographers
Lexicography
Minor, William Chester
Murray, James A. H
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Psychiatric hospital patients
Psychiatry
Veterans