The Professor and the Madman
"The Professor and the Madman" deals with the lives of two men who came together through their work on the Oxford English Dictionary: James Murray, the professor, who was the first editor of the dictionary, and Dr. William Chester Minor, the madman, who was a contributor of material.
Winchester describes how James Murray chose to use lay readers to help compile the information for the dictionary based on their reading. They would search out words and ...
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