Sunday, December 22, 2019


The Professor and the Madman - Simon Winchester

The Professor and the Madman 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.

This is my December Book Club choice.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It has a lot of what I like to read....mystery and murder. 

Dr. Minor is an American Civil War veteran who is locked up in a
asylum for the criminally insane.  He killed a man who he thought was someone else.  This all takes place in 1872.  Who would have thought this would lead to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.  

Dr. James Murray is the man that got the dictionary going.  He got all the people reading books and sending in words to add to the dictionary.  The first publishing of the Oxford English Dictionary was  February 1, 1884.  Want to read more about this......Wikipedia has all the info on this.

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