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The Surgeon of Crowthorne : A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

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ISBN 10: 0140271287 / ISBN 13: 9780140271287
Published by Penguin, London England, 1999
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Paperback. Two distinguished-looking Victorians, both learned and serious, yeft from very different worlds, one a brilliant polymath, the other a madman and murderer. Their lives and unlikely friendship are unravelled in this classic work of detection. 207 pp.(We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions ,and all types of Academic Literature.) Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 061138

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Title: The Surgeon of Crowthorne : A Tale of Murder...

Publisher: Penguin, London England

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Penguin Edition.

Book Type: Paperback

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The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. 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.

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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.

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