The Professor and the Madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary

Simon Winchester, 1998

Winchester serves up suspense and pulpy prose in just the right measure in this literate story of the Oxford English Dictionary's first editor and the expatriate American murderer who contributed more than 10,000 quotations as examples. The author celebrates a gloomy life brightened by devotion to a quietly noble, nearly anonymous task.

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