The 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

The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were c The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius,...

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Title:The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Author:Simon Winchester
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Surgeon of Crowthorne: a tale of murder, madness & the love of words
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:242 pages pages

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 11, 2012

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

  • Kinga
    Jan 20, 2011

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

  • Kelly V
    Oct 12, 2007

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is an exploration of the lives of two men (and countless other anonymous volunteers) who meticulously crafted the Oxford English Dictionary; a dictionary to this day remains the au...

    I absolutely loved this book. The fundamental story was really interesting and consistently kept me excited about reading the next page. It is basically about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and specifically two of the key players in that venture: James Murray (the ...

  • Trevor
    Sep 04, 2008

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

  • Diane
    Aug 14, 2007

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

  • Emily
    Nov 11, 2007

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

  • Chrissie
    Feb 19, 2012

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

  • Heather
    Oct 05, 2010

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    Sep 05, 2008

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is an exploration of the lives of two men (and countless other anonymous volunteers) who meticulously crafted the Oxford English Dictionary; a dictionary to this day remains the au...

    I absolutely loved this book. The fundamental story was really interesting and consistently kept me excited about reading the next page. It is basically about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and specifically two of the key players in that venture: James Murray (the ...

    This is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" stories. Who would have thought that the prim and proper Oxford English Dictionary would have owed its existence, in large part, to a convicted murderer who was also a paranoid schizophrenic? Not what you would expect, right? It's a...

    It was the chance to learn about the history behind the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) that attracted me to this book. I am not sure I have ever used the OED or if I have I do not remember noting its unique characteristics. The quite novel approach that was used to col...

    The fascinating and poignant story of the Oxford English Dictionary and two similar, yet very different in circumstance, men whose lives would likely never have crossed except for their work on the OED. Although I had heard the story of the 'lunatic American doctor' who contributed rea...

  • Danae
    Sep 09, 2008

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

  • Debbie Petersen
    Jul 10, 2008

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

  • Bettie☯
    Apr 23, 2014

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

  • Stephen
    May 15, 2011

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 18, 2011

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

  • Velma
    Oct 15, 2010

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

  • Helvry Sinaga
    Aug 25, 2010

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

  • Helen
    Jan 25, 2012

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 22, 2015

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

  • Sue K H
    Dec 26, 2013

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

  • Amantha
    May 03, 2014

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

  • Jan-Maat
    Jun 15, 2011

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

  • Cindy Newton
    Feb 24, 2018

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is an exploration of the lives of two men (and countless other anonymous volunteers) who meticulously crafted the Oxford English Dictionary; a dictionary to this day remains the au...

    I absolutely loved this book. The fundamental story was really interesting and consistently kept me excited about reading the next page. It is basically about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and specifically two of the key players in that venture: James Murray (the ...

    This is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" stories. Who would have thought that the prim and proper Oxford English Dictionary would have owed its existence, in large part, to a convicted murderer who was also a paranoid schizophrenic? Not what you would expect, right? It's a...

  • Cathy DuPont
    May 16, 2012

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

  • Lyn Elliott
    Aug 19, 2012

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

  • Albert
    Feb 19, 2017

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is an exploration of the lives of two men (and countless other anonymous volunteers) who meticulously crafted the Oxford English Dictionary; a dictionary to this day remains the au...

    I absolutely loved this book. The fundamental story was really interesting and consistently kept me excited about reading the next page. It is basically about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and specifically two of the key players in that venture: James Murray (the ...

    This is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" stories. Who would have thought that the prim and proper Oxford English Dictionary would have owed its existence, in large part, to a convicted murderer who was also a paranoid schizophrenic? Not what you would expect, right? It's a...

    It was the chance to learn about the history behind the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) that attracted me to this book. I am not sure I have ever used the OED or if I have I do not remember noting its unique characteristics. The quite novel approach that was used to col...

  • Chris
    May 29, 2017

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...

    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is an exploration of the lives of two men (and countless other anonymous volunteers) who meticulously crafted the Oxford English Dictionary; a dictionary to this day remains the au...

  • Sean Gibson
    Apr 13, 2015

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Jan 30, 2018

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    Sep 25, 2017

    ...for each word, there should be sentences that show the twists and turns of meanings?the way almost every word slips in its silvery, fishlike way, weaving this way and that, adding subtleties of nuance to itself, and then perhaps shedding them as public mood dictates.? He...

    As a completely fledged bibliopsychotic and an ever-striving-to-be cunning-linguist , I was all aquiver with anticipation to bury my face in this purported history of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Alas, despite being well-written and thoroughly researched, I?m having to fake i...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Eloquent writing and the talented vocal work of narrator Simon Jones make this brief account of one of the greatest known editors of the OED and his longtime collaborator (a man who conduc...

    People tend to juxtapose the idea of reading the dictionary with other activities as a means of underscoring how incredibly uninteresting and undesirable those other activities are. For example: ?I have to interact with Sean today?UGH. I?d much rather read the dictionary.? T...

    Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Dr Chester Minor, was one of the primary contributors to the massive project. But Murray did not know that Minor was an inmate in an insane asylum. Simon Winchester - image from Anderson...

    A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. What an odd way to enter the academic world! And believe it or not, those aren't even spoilers! Simon Winchester gives us all that right in the title of his surprisingly rivet...

    If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventing bizarre systems that rule just about anything in my life and catalouging things. It is quite obvious that a book about a lunatic and ...

    This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. I gave it three stars based primarily on potential--the story itself was very interesting; the writing was more like 2 stars. I cannot believe this man has been able to make his living as a writer on ...

    I have been meaning to read this book for years ? I couldn?t even tell you when I first saw it or heard about it and thought it would be a good idea to read. Then I saw a copy in a bookshop that was going cheap and bought it on my way to my mother?s place. I showed it to her and ...

    Calling all bibliophiles! Have you ever wondered how that magnificent beast, the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED), came into being? Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, wh...

    This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that the "madman" would have been someone psychotically insane, the type of man that you would pass in the street and cross to the other side...

    I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. I'm surprised it's not twice as long, since he employs half a dozen methods to inflate the page count. The actual story itself is fascinating, absolutely! But the writing was all fluffy excited repetitious drama, full of egoisti...

    Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was ...

    Moderately entertaining and a good story. Since this well to do prisoner was allowed an extensive library and wide ranging access to books, it is interesting how the influence of class extended into the Victorian prison system. Books like this, recognisable because they have a short...

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. Until Samuel Johnson, an English writer and lexicographer, compiled A Dictionary of the English Language the English speaking people had few concise or friendly dic...

    I procrastinated writing this review because I couldn?t make up my mind how many stars to award this book. The intriguing story and strong prose were overwhelmed by lack of citation, rampant speculation, and the egregiously clumsy literary device underlying the central relationship o...

    I chose this book since so many of my friends highly recommended it, but to be honest I was a little hesitant. I couldn't figure out what could be so interesting about the compilation of a dictionary. Simon Winchester, the author and also narrator of the audiobook, chooses just the...

    I read this under its original title. 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne'. It's a memorable book and on my list to re-read. According to Wikipedia, its title was changed to The Professor and the Madman for the US market: 'A journalist with three decades of experience, and the author of a d...

    This is the first pick of the 2016-17 season for my in-person book club. I had started it once before but it never really compelled me to pick it up and keep reading. As someone who teaches about research, I am actually quite intrigued by the history of how great reference works like t...

    this book is pretentious. I guess if you have to write a book about the OED, it has to be written in a really pretentious, loquacious manner with lots of stupid words like "loquacious". that being said, it is an interesting story. ...

    What should have been an interesting story somehow made tediously dull. I got around half way through, then skimmed to the end. I thought I'd love this, since I enjoy finding curious new words and discovering their origins. I was all set for my journey into lexicography, with dictiona...

    I JUST WROTE A LONG EFFING REVIEW ABOUT WHY THIS WAS A TERRIBLE BOOK AND FREAKING GOODREADS DELETED IT BECAUSE I CLICKED OUTSIDE THE STUPID REVIEW SQUARE WHILE TRYING TO RING UP A CUSTOMER. I CAN'T REPRODUCE IT SO HERE ARE THE BULLET POINTS: *Winchester has zero grasp of psychology....

    Saya sampai lupa dimana buku ini dibeli, sempat mengintip review dari teman GRI, saya baca reviewnya Pak Tanzil, dan memutuskan membaca buku ini. Saya salah. Tadinya saya mengira buku ini adalah novel, ternyata buku ini adalah semacam "pengantar" pada suatu kisah besar penciptaan kamus...

    Something kept drawing me to this book, but I had initially shied away due to the "and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" part of the title. I had no interest in reading about the making of a dictionary. To my surprise, it was extremely interesting. There wasn't a dull moment...

    Onvan : The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60839783 - ISBN13 : 9780060839789 - Dar 242 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998 ...