Curbside Plus Services now include in-person appointments for computer use and other library services. Returned items are quarantined for 48 hours before they are checked in. Fines are not charged for quarantined items.

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

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Lexile measure:
1330L
Description
Now a major motion picture
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780060175962
9780061807602
Lexile measure:
1330L
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDa1efd0ff-e8d9-3c29-e140-bef3695b7cdb
Grouping Titleprofessor and the madman a tale of murder insanity and the making of the oxford english dictionary
Grouping Authorsimon winchester
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-11-28 09:33:40AM
Last Indexed2020-11-28 09:35:36AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780060175962

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorSimon Winchester
author_displayWinchester, Simon
available_at_aacplEastport-Annapolis Neck Library
Odenton Library
Online OverDrive Collection
collection_aacplADULT
detailed_location_aacplEastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction
Odenton Library - Nonfiction
Online OverDrive Collection
display_descriptionThe 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.
format_aacplBook
eBook
format_category_aacplBooks
eBook
ida1efd0ff-e8d9-3c29-e140-bef3695b7cdb
isbn9780060175962
9780061807602
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:a13659031997095929188Odenton Library - Nonfiction423 W1falsefalseOn ShelfOct 20, 2019WCO
ils:a13659031997095929196Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction423 W1falsefalseOn ShelfOct 05, 2020EAN
overdrive:66db641a-e0dd-45bc-96e1-25f3bb8578e91Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
overdrive:66db641a-e0dd-45bc-96e1-25f3bb8578e9-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
itype_aacplAdult Nonfiction
last_indexed2020-11-28T14:35:36.646Z
lexile_score1330
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_aacpl423 W
Online OverDrive
owning_library_aacplAnne Arundel County Public Library
Anne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacplEastport-Annapolis Neck Library
Odenton Library
Online OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn9780060175962
publishDate1998
2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:a136590BookBooks1st ed.EnglishHarperCollins Publishers, ©1998.xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
overdrive:66db641a-e0dd-45bc-96e1-25f3bb8578e9eBookeBookEnglishHarperCollins e-books2009
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_aacpl
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:a13659031997095929188On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:a13659031997095929196On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:66db641a-e0dd-45bc-96e1-25f3bb8578e91Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:66db641a-e0dd-45bc-96e1-25f3bb8578e9-1Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facet
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
title_shortThe professor and the madman
title_suba tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
English language
Etymology
History
Lexicographers
Lexicography
Minor, William Chester
Murray, James A. H
Nonfiction
Psychiatric hospital patients
Psychiatry
Veterans