Alas, as it turns out, the woman was batshit crazy, so a merging of libraries never occurred. I do think back to those halcyon days when she had left for work, and it was just me, the OED, and the Fitzgeralds. View all 60 comments. May 15, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: biographies , true-crime , audiobook , non-fiction , books-about-books , , history. 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.
Minor, a criminally insane murderer. This was a disappointing use of subject matter allocation. Most of the biographical portion is devoted to Dr. Minor who, admittedly, was a fascinating character with a colorful history. Granted, when Dr. I was also wincing and reading with one hand while the other one was guarding my goodies.
I screamed reading about it. The guy was a whole bowl of grape-nuts. As for Professor Murray, I found the portions dealing with him to be tedious and dry. I could have done without them completely so his appearance has been edited from this review. Still, there is some real gold in the book. Even with the relatively scant attention paid to the actual production of the OED, there were a handful of highlights that make this book well worth perusing.
Please give me a full book on this someday…squeeeeee. These discussions about the research methods and the comprehensive aspect of the undertaken begun in on the OED was mind-boggling. While giving a run down on the origin of the first dictionary, Winchester discusses the fact that Shakespeare, with his amazingly diverse vocabulary, was able to write such works with no centralized catalog of words allowing him to confirm their proper usage.
That revelation alone was worth the price of the book for me and further elevated my profound respect for the masterful word-smiths of antiquity. This was terrific stuff. I would have loved much more on the 3 items above. Recommended with caveats. View all 56 comments. Feb 18, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , biography. 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 Andersons Bookshop The book tells their separate stories, how Murray rose to the prominence necessary to land this major position, how Minor emerged from a troubled, if well-to-do youth to commit a heinous and addled murder in L Professor James Murray was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary OED.
Simon Winchester - image from Andersons Bookshop The book tells their separate stories, how Murray rose to the prominence necessary to land this major position, how Minor emerged from a troubled, if well-to-do youth to commit a heinous and addled murder in London, and then to be institutionalized for the rest of his life. The book gives a vivid picture of the times mid to late 19th century. Winchester has a gift for bringing history to life, and surprising us. I have listed only the ones I have read. View all 13 comments. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.
View all 5 comments. Apr 13, Sean Gibson rated it really liked it. 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. In short, when Professor James Murray, the man tasked with being the architect of the OED, sent out a call for volunteers to assist the editors in compiling examples of how words were used to help contextualize definitions, it was Minor, already an inmate at an asylum after it was determined he was not mentally fit to be jailed for his crime, who stood first or, at least, among the first rank among equals when it came to contributing.
That he produced such a prodigious and precise body of work while battling his own inner demons is a testament to his impressive mental faculties. Now, look—we all have days those of us with penises penii? This is by turns fascinating, grotesque, tragic, and informative—recommended for those who like their historical monographs esoteric and bizarre.
View all 45 comments. Nov 22, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: word nerds that want a bit of titillation. Shelves: penises , history , biography. 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!
The idea of reading a book on the creation of a dictionary only sounded mildly interesting. In the hands A man goes insane, shoots another man to death and then helps write one of the first complete dictionaries. In the hands of the wrong writer that book might not have entertained me from start to finish the way Winchester did. Granted the story has its intriguing oddities and the occasional shocking moment, but it's Winchester's ability to dramatize this hundreds-of-years-old story that makes it seem as vivid and catchy as the headlines of the morning newspaper.
He is a writer who brings legend to life. As exciting as I find it, this is a book about making a dictionary and that won't enthrall all readers. It gets an extra nudge up in the star department from me, because this is a book about words and I like words. If you're still reading this, I suspect you do too. View all 16 comments. Mar 20, Cecily rated it really liked it Shelves: language-related. I enjoyed the story more than the novelistic telling of it.
Winchester thinks this might have been frustrating, whereas I imagine the Bard having the lexical confidence of Humpty Dumpty. Image : Humpty Dumpty, by Mervyn Peake. The Good This is a gripping story of triumph over multiple adversities, with touches of Victorian gothic: the promised murder and madness, as well as passion for the project, thwarted titillation, and grim self-harm. Winchester describes the family background, collaboration, and relationship between the primary editor Sir James Murray , and American ex-army surgeon Dr William Minor, incarcerated after he murdered a stranger while deluded , including some surprising parallels in the outwardly very different men.
The history of word lists, thesauruses, and dictionaries, as well as the actual methods for compiling the behemoth OED, are carefully explained. Minor was by far the most prolific of the hundreds of volunteers: an accurate, methodical, meticulous researcher, submitting up to twenty slips a day fewer in summer for more than twenty years.
His contribution is staggering - even if he were not seriously mentally ill. Except that as Winchester points out, if modern psychoactive drugs had been available, maybe Minor would have been less obsessive, less productive. The name of the village housing the asylum is not very relevant, nor that Minor was previously a surgeon, and the US title is horribly tabloid as well as inaccurate: James Murray was never a professor, nor any sort of university academic.
He was an autodidact school-teacher who was employed by Oxford University Press, and knighted in his 70s, and awarded an honorary doctorate the year before he died. A particularly egregious example is where Winchester details an important series of incidents, over several pages, before explaining that was what people said at the time because it was more dramatic. Only then does he relate the more probable version.
There is disproportionate, dull detail about things not hugely relevant for the main story, such as battles of the American Civil War but I was reading the US edition, which is 35 pages longer and some of the processes and conditions of Broadmoor the asylum. Sometimes Winchester is tripped up by the threads of his own embroidery. Sloppy, again. In a book about a dictionary! Others I managed to find definitions of: abequitate ride away , sullevation rousing or exciting , commotrix a female who helps makes things happen , parentate perform funeral rites, especially for a parent , adminiculation attestation or corroboration , plus a few compounds whose meaning you can guess.
Illustration from this edition: source. Each chapter starts with a lengthy definition of a word that is vaguely relevant to that chapter. The book made me snarky, so the equines kept jumping off the page.
I wish I knew what that was. I was left in awe at the compilers of the first OED, as anyone who reads this will be. For centuries, there were atlases, prayer books, histories, romances, and books of science and art, but no English dictionary as we think of one. Dr Johnson made huge strides in lexicography, but the delight of his dictionary is its personal quirkiness, rather than scientific rigour and objectivity.
The OED still shows the meaning and the history of meaning. Words are never removed; merely marked as archaic or obsolete. The first OED was 71 years in the making , though sections were published from aa to ant. The OED was 12 or 10, if Wikipedia is correct volumes, listing , headwords, with 1,, illustrative quotes. The hand-set letterpress type was miles the distance from London to the outskirts of Manchester , comprising ,, letters and numerals - plus spaces and punctuation. This book was published a decade later, in The OED has been available online since Completing the dictionary took far longer than predicted, and so with the film of this story.
See imdb here. I was frustrated by some of the fictional fluff in the book, and probably will be with the film: it was shot in Dublin, rather than Oxford, London, and Berkshire cheaper. View all 36 comments. Jan 20, Kinga rated it really liked it. 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 creating Oxford English Dictionary would be a winner with me.
And it was. However, it wasn't perfect. Winchester performed some weird narrative experiments. For example, he started off with a really exciting scene, If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. For example, he started off with a really exciting scene, then er And then This is a non fiction book!! Also, Simon Winchester is obviously psychic because he can tell exactly what everyone was thinking and feeling ages ago. The conviction which he states it all with is imperturbable. View all 11 comments. Sep 04, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: language , history , biography.
I showed it to her and then lent it to her. She told me she enjoyed it — so that made me keen to read it too. That was a couple of years ago — as you see, I was in no rush. I think mum even lent it to my sister to read. This was a remarkable book. Winchester is a true story teller. Central to all this, of course, is also the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and the lives of two central figures in the making of the big dictionary.
Minor was a man tortured by demons and caught in a nightmare where only his work in finding quotations of words to be used in the OED offered him any measure of relief. But prescient or not, I feel much better that I can recommend this wholeheartedly now in the certain knowledge it cannot really fail but to delight. If you get a chance to listen to the talking book version — read by the author — I would highly recommend that too. View all 8 comments. Sep 09, Danae rated it liked it. 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 two continents. His main problem was being redundant, giving the general impression that his target audience was not-too-bright fifth graders I don't need every little coincidence and connection pointed out 5 time This is a perfect example of a book that I wish had been written by David McCullough. His main problem was being redundant, giving the general impression that his target audience was not-too-bright fifth graders I don't need every little coincidence and connection pointed out 5 times.
He also seemed to forget where he was headed from time to time, and in going from storyline to storyline you know--from the "professor" to the "madman" sometimes felt a little jumpy; like he would get going with one and then kindof say to himself, "oh, I should get back to that other thing. Here's as good a place as any I would tentatively recommend it, but remember it's not the best-written book you're going to come across.
View all 9 comments. Oct 05, Heather rated it did not like it Recommends it for: people who want to fall asleep or get angry. 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 egoistic awe of one's own flair for "understanding" what these people must have felt and thought.
It was a manipulative sham of a book. You know those History Channel shows where they set up this big mystery and get all d I can't believe people get paid to write books like this. That's this book. Why would you do that?!? It makes me feel used. And more to the point, that's not how you construct a story, it's called a gimmick you put there when you can't write. And there's definitely a story here, so it's even worse that he couldn't just write about it and reveal it as it actually happened.
Instead, he dishonestly re-tells an old fiction which he then disclaims. If he did all that research, why the hell does he spend three quarters of his book muddling it up with a false story? I'm flabbergasted.
I read the opener out loud to my husband because it was what made me read the book. Quite intriguing, I thought! I had to turn back multiple times to be sure a I actually read that earlier, b it is really the same scene, and c that he actually did decide to retell it differently why!? I felt like someone had slapped me. The final three sections made it all clear to me. This guy thinks simply thinks he's The Man, a literary genius bringing an otherwise forgotten story to the masses: Postscript: "I first became intrigued by the central figure of this story, the dictionary itself I am not a fan -- either give me a good story or give me some intelligent non-fiction.
In between doesn't hit the mark. View all 17 comments. Aug 14, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: history , nonfiction , bookishness. Calling all bibliophiles! Well, this is the book for you. Simon Winchester weaves together the story of two men in Victorian England: one was Professor James Murray, who was editing what was to become the definitive work on the English language; the other was William Chester Minor, who had committed murder and was living in a lunatic asylum.
Both men had a love of words, and because Calling all bibliophiles! Both men had a love of words, and because the murderer had access to a library and lots of spare time, he was a valuable contributor to the OED. If you've never seen the OED, it's an incredible work. In addition to defining a word, each entry traces its usage in history, giving specific examples of its etymology.
My library has the full volume set, and sometimes for fun I'll go look up a word just to see its origin. While the making of a dictionary sounds like a dull story, Winchester has a gift for narrative and highlights the ordeals and obstacles that went into making the first OED, which took decades.
It truly was the work of a lifetime. I highly recommend "The Professor and the Madman" for anyone who loves bookish stories. View all 20 comments. Shelves: paper-read , giftee , casual-violence , victoriana , britain-england , cults-societies-brotherhoods , eng-lon , autopeotomy , books-with-a-passport , books-about-books-and-book-shops. Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was one of the most prolific contributors to the dictionary, sending thousands of neat, hand-written quotations from his home.
After numerous refusals from Minor to visit his home in Oxford, Murray set out to find him. It Broadmoor Description: Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. It was then that Murray would finally learn the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterly wordsmith, he was also an insane murderer locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.
The Professor and the Madman is the unforgettable story of the madness and genius that contributed to one of the greatest literary achievements in the history of English letters. Opening: In Victorian London, even in a place as louche and notoriously crime-ridden as the Lambeth Marsh, the sound of gun-shots was a rare event indeed. From page '-a notoriously pig-headed. Frederick Furnivall View all 6 comments. Oct 31, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: stars. I am unable to write a worthwhile review on this wonderful book by Simon Winchester. He has actually managed to make a book based upon the making of the Oxford English Dictionary a magical work.
To think that a professor, James Murray, could work, via correspondence, with an American, Dr William Minor, a retired surgeon, for over twenty years and not realize until then that Dr Minor was in Broadmoor, a very famous and yet harsh lunatic asylum. Professor Murray, as he had never met him beforehand I am unable to write a worthwhile review on this wonderful book by Simon Winchester. Professor Murray, as he had never met him beforehand, assumed it was a private household address.
Dr Minor was so instrumental in the Oxford English Dictionary coming to fruition, even though it wasn't completely finished until a long time after his death. I guess he had time on his hands but he managed to have the use of a second cell and this was crammed full of his books! Can you imagine that! It's interesting how analysis by Simon Winchester puts Dr Minor's madness down to his participation in the American Civil War and particularly the Battle of the Wilderness in This is a quite remarkable section of the book and so worth reading.
Anyway, highly recommended. Quite an exquisite book. View all 10 comments. Jul 10, Debbie Petersen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: linguists, English Majors, historians. 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, since he would be unkempt and smelly and gibbering nonsense to unseen companions.
As it turns out, the "madman" was an American doctor, educated at Yale, who was a surgeon and former Army officer. He apparently s 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. He apparently suffered from schizophrenia or some similar mental illness, and in a moment of insanity shoots an innocent factory worker on his way to work. The subsequent trial became one of the first instances to find someone guilty of the charge, but innocent by reason of insanity. William Chester Minor spends the rest of his life in an insane asylum, the name of which is the basis for the word "bedlam.
An appeal went out to the public for learned volunteers to read books and submit words on scraps of paper along with their origin, context and definitions. Tens of thousands of entries came from one person--William Chester Minor. Once the entire background of the man is known, it is not too surprising; he has all of the time in the world on his hands, and hundreds of books at his disposal. It took over 70 years for the OED to be completed. One has to wonder how much longer it would have taken if William Chester Minor had not shot and killed poor George Merritt. I found this book fascinating.
At times the author becomes bogged down in detail, causing the mind to wander a bit, which is why I gave 4 stars instead of 5. Still a must-read for all lovers of words. View all 3 comments. 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 shortish title followed by a long explanatory subtitle, seem to have become a well established part of the UK non-fiction scene.
On the whole, and this book is no exception, I'm left with the feeling that there is a good es Moderately entertaining and a good story. On the whole, and this book is no exception, I'm left with the feeling that there is a good essay inside the book that has become over extended. I'm not sure that the story of this man, a Doctor from the United States and a veteran of the Civil War imprisoned for life following a murder committed according to his defence at any rate in moment of madness and his substantial contribution to the Oxford English Dictionary really justifies the amount of detail given.
Fans of the OED may well disagree. To an extent, the story that a man imprisoned and held to be insane was a major contributor to the Oxford English dictionary is less an incredible story and more a patently obvious one - who else but a prisoner would have the time - who else but an insane person would have the drive to devote that time to hunting down the earliest usages of words in early printed books? For me this is overwhelmingly a story about class. A madman, a murderer even of the right social class is excused from having to break up stones in the prison yard or stitching bags for the post office, instead he gets a double cell and is allowed to order obscure books and to spend his days finding good example sentences, no doubt a wiser use of time though one notes that a self directed use of imprisonment was not a privilege extended to all who were incarcerated.
View all 14 comments. May 16, Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it. William Shakespeare had no English dictionary to reference when he wrote his 38 plays, sonnets and poems. In comparison, the OE took 70 years to compile and was published in installments called fasciclesseparate sections of a book as it was completed.
When it was republished in its entirety in , it totaled 10 volumes with , words.
Note, the final installment, was not yet printed though. Ceylon Women - Flick shilanka'spic. He was a voracious reader who was encouraged to learn as many local languages as possible since his was a traveling missionary family. By age 12 the bright student knew Singhalese, Burmese, some Hindi and Tamil, and some various Chinese dialects. He was well-traveled throughout the Far East and totally integrated into the area. Then take into account those active hormones bouncing around in his head and body.
Oh, my. Poor kid. Minor had a bright future in front of him being sent to continue his studies in America at the age of He later graduated from Yale as a doctor of medicine and joined the U. Conflicts as mentioned above were understandably difficult for Dr.
Disclaimer: I am not qualified to determine what drove Dr. Minor to paranoid delusions. The delusions though, if anything is good about them, haunted them mostly during the nighttime hours. Others were diluting his bodily fluids as dear Dr Minor had all kinds of crazy thoughts. Insane thoughts, certainly. However, had it not been for his psychosis his contribution to the OE may never had happened. During one period of paranoia, he shot an innocent working man, leaving six children and a grief stricken wife.
The result of the death of the innocent man was that Dr. Minor at Broadmoor Since Dr. Minor was earlier determined to be insane by the U. Army receiving a regular pension, he was wealthier than the average resident of Broadmoor. Minor was respected by the governor of the institution, and therefore given more privileges including two rooms with book shelves lining entire walls and a paid part-time servant who was a fellow inmate. Due to his lucidity part of the time, he was allowed to obtain books mostly from London and a few friends, the widow of the murdered man, for one would bring him books.
The widow forgave him for murdering her husband by the way, and Dr. Minor did contribute through the years to her household expenses. At the time Dr. Minor saw the solicitation, the editor was a well-respected scholar named Professor James Murray. Professor James Murray Professor Murray came from a Scot working class family and left school at 14 because they could not afford to further education him.
However, the precocious child and then teen had a unique thirst for knowledge and at 17 was appointed headmaster of a school. His specialty and interest was the English language, words; the history of words, the meaning of words, anything and everything to do with words. Professor Murray placed the advertisement seeking assistance from volunteers who were willing to assist in the reading of books and categorizing words found in thousands of books from centuries past.
Responding to the solicitation and after reading the requested books, Dr. The publication was a very happy event for Professor Murray and he was most curious as to why the most prolific submitter of words, Dr. Minor, was not in attendance at the celebration especially since he lived nearby at Burkshire just west of London. A romanticized version of the first meeting between them was passed down through the years, but eventually the circumstances surrounding the actual meeting surfaced.
Both gentlemen were about the same age, slight build and long whiskers. They did not look alike but certainly favored each other. Their working and genuine mutual respect appears throughout their more than 20 years of correspondence and visiting by Professor Murray over those years. Without doubt, author Simon Winchester loves words. I think Winchester wants us, as readers, to become more literate, knowledgeable and have better use of the English language. Nothing wrong with that. An index, though, would have been helpful and although I tried, I had a difficult time not comparing the book to The Story of Ain't which I loved.
No index, twice as long to write this review, all things being equal. It's a task, a big task, for the compilation of dictionaries and word lovers only need apply. That would be me in my imagination, anyhow. View all 26 comments. Aug 19, Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , crime. I read this under its original title. 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 dozen travel-inspired books, Winchester's initial proposal to write a book about an obscure lexicographer met with rejection.
Only when Harper Collins editor Larry Ashmead read the proposal and championed the book did W I read this under its original title. Only when Harper Collins editor Larry Ashmead read the proposal and championed the book did Winchester pursue the necessary research in earnest. The original title conveys something of its slightly off-the-main-track qualities and suits it better, I think. In a recent book club discussion on this, two main areas of interest emerged: the process of assembling and categorizing information for the dictionary, and the nature of treatment for the criminally insane in the nineteenth century.
I'm a word freak, and enjoyed discussion of collection and collation, though some were bored by it. I went on to a quick check on the history of Broadmoor, and found that it began with a fairly liberal policy of encouraging inmates to find something positive that interested them, which benefitted Minor, who was helped by the fact that he had access to money. The Wikipedia article on Broadmoor emphasizes that it is a psychiatric hospital for mentally ill men who have committed crimes, not a prison, but it's clear that the boundaries between hospital and prison are very murky.
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