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The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-10-13
ISBN : 9780061807602
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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New York Times Bestseller Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, 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. “The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Perennial
Release : 2005-07-05
ISBN : 9780060839789
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Summary and Analysis of The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Summary and Analysis of The Professor and the Madman  A Tale of Murder  Insanity  and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Book
Author : Worth Books
Publisher : Open Road Media
Release : 2017-03-07
ISBN : 1504044231
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Professor and the Madman tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Simon Winchester’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester: Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman is the remarkable tale of two Victorian-era scholars, the English language, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Recounting the unlikely bond between a criminally insane American Civil War veteran and the renowned Scottish editor of the OED, the enchanting story of their relationship illuminates the decades of the dictionary’s compilation—from A to Z. Wittily eloquent and historically incisive, The Professor and the Madman is the portrait of a friendship and, by extension, of the greatest dictionary ever created in the English language. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-07-23
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne

The Surgeon of Crowthorne Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1998
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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W.C. Minor was one of the keenest volunteers involved in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. What the OED's editor, James Murray, didn't realise was that he was also a millionaire American Civil War surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder.

Professor and the Madman CDN edition

Professor and the Madman   CDN edition Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Perennial
Release : 1999-08-25
ISBN : 9780060955397
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This audio also includes a conversation between Simon Winchester and John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9780195175004
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Traces the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its earliest inception through its long path to completion, describes the process of creating a dictionary, and includes anecdotes about its creators and their work.

Professor and the Madman

Professor and the Madman Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Turtleback
Release : 1999-01
ISBN : 9780613621557
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and two of the men who had the greatest impact on its growth and development.

The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything Book
Author : Simon Winchester OBE
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2018-04-13
ISBN : 0192545671
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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'The greatest enterprise of its kind in history,' was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monumental achievement, gleaned from the efforts of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary people who made it their mission to catalogue the English language in its entirety. In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester celebrates this remarkable feat, and the fascinating characters who played such a vital part in its execution, from the colourful Frederick Furnivall, cheerful promoter of an all-female sculling crew, to James Murray, self-educated son of a draper, who spent half a century guiding the project towards fruition. Along the way we learn which dictionary editor became the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and why Tolkien found it so hard to define 'walrus'. Written by the bestselling author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map That Changed the World, The Meaning of Everything is an enthralling account of the creation of the world's greatest dictionary.

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman Book
Author : Winchester
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2008
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Land

Land Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2021-01-19
ISBN : 0062938355
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists explores the notion of property—our proprietary relationship with the land—through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future. Land—whether meadow or mountainside, desert or peat bog, parkland or pasture, suburb or city—is central to our existence. It quite literally underlies and underpins everything. Employing the keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve that are the foundations of his previous bestselling works, Simon Winchester examines what we human beings are doing—and have done—with the billions of acres that together make up the solid surface of our planet. Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land—and why does it matter?

Atlantic Enhanced Edition

Atlantic  Enhanced Edition  Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2010-11-09
ISBN : 0062060392
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Fans of Winchester's Krakatoa, The Man Who Loved China, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, penetrating, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.

Outposts

Outposts Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-10-27
ISBN : 9780061978326
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman takes readers on a quirky and charming tour of the last outpost of the British empire Originally published in 1985, Outposts is Simon Winchester’s journey to find the vanishing empire, “on which the sun never sets.” In the course of a three-year, 100,000 mile journey—from the chill of the Antarctic to the blue seas of the Caribbean, from the South of Spain and the tip of China to the utterly remote specks in the middle of gale-swept oceans—he discovered such romance and depravity, opulence and despair tht he was inspired to write what may be the last contemporary account of the British empire. Written with Winchester’s captivating style and breadth, here are conversations and anecdotes, myths and political analysis, scenery and history—a poignant and colorful record of the lingering beat of what was once the heart of the civilized world.

The Pacific

The Pacific Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Random House (UK)
Release : 1991
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Simon Winchester s Calcutta

Simon Winchester s Calcutta Book
Author : Simon Winchester,Rupert Winchester
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2004
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The crazy and elusive city of Calcutta is one of the world's most resonant destinations. In this launch title of Lonely Planet's new "Writer and Place" travel literature series, bestselling author Simon Winchester has selected his favourite writings on this captivating place. Included is his own essay about his time spent in Calcutta, reflecting on his experiences, preconceptions and enduring fascination with the city. The anthology also acts as an essential introduction to the huge wealth of writing on Calcutta.

The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-03-17
ISBN : 9780061795886
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman ("Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time) brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He soon became fascinated with China, and his mistress swiftly persuaded the ever-enthusiastic Needham to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology. By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.

Korea

Korea Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : ePenguin
Release : 2004
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Simon Winchester travelled through the republic of Korea on foot to write this informal portrait. Along the way he befriended a variety of honeymooners, abalone divers, corporate executives, Buddhist nuns, American servicemen and many other interesting people who helped to shape his impressions. The result is an engaging, informed, and often humourous distillation of the writer's observations on the culture, people, language, economy and politics of this rapidly changing country.

Northern Ireland in Crisis

Northern Ireland in Crisis Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : [New York] : Holmes & Meier
Release : 1975
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A British correspondent records his impressions of events occurring during thirty months of the bitter guerrilla war between Catholics and soldiers in Northern Ireland

Exactly How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Exactly  How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Book
Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
Release : 2018-05-08
ISBN : 0008241791
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2018 Bestselling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson.

The Professor Challenger Chronicles A Collection of Works

The Professor Challenger Chronicles  A Collection of Works  Book
Author : Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher : Read Books Ltd
Release : 2016-03-31
ISBN : 1473360560
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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These early works by Arthur Conan Doyle were originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing them with a brand new introductory biography as part of our Professor Challenger series. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. It was between 1876 and 1881, while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, that he began writing short stories, and his first piece was published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal before he was 20. In 1887, Conan Doyle's first significant work, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual. It featured the first appearance of detective Sherlock Holmes, the protagonist who was to eventually make Conan Doyle's reputation. A prolific writer, Conan Doyle continued to produce a range of fictional works over the following years. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.