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The Surgeon of Crowthorne

by Simon Winchester

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    $19.77
PUBLISHED: 3rd June 1999
ISBN: 9780140271287
ANNOTATION:
A book about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the love of words. It tells of the relationship between the dictionary editor and one of its main contributors (they were all volunteers) who corresponded for 17 years before they met - at Broadmoor.
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  • Paperback
    $19.77
PUBLISHED: 3rd June 1999
ISBN: 9780140271287
ANNOTATION:
A book about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the love of words. It tells of the relationship between the dictionary editor and one of its main contributors (they were all volunteers) who corresponded for 17 years before they met - at Broadmoor.

Annotation

A book about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the love of words. It tells of the relationship between the dictionary editor and one of its main contributors (they were all volunteers) who corresponded for 17 years before they met - at Broadmoor.

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

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.

Product Details

Author
Simon Winchester
Pages
224
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-10
0140271287
ISBN-13
9780140271287
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Edition
1st
Subtitle
A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
Year
1999
Publication Date
1999-06-03
Short Title
The Surgeon of Crowthorne
Audience
General/Trade