A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.
Now available in paperback, The Meaning of Everything is the absorbing story behind the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Originally mooted in 1857, it would be another 71 years before the British prime minister could celebrate the completion of 'the greatest enterprise of its kind in history'. In this delightful account of the OED's creation, Winchester introduces us to a host of extraordinary characters: the murderer who contributed from his prison cell, the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in shambles) and James Murray, the self-taught draper's son who spent a half-century bringing the project to triumphant fruition. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating and engaging account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language.
Based on extensive consulation with teachers, school pupils and representatives of the Exam Boards, this dictionary is the ideal first dictionary for learners of Spanish from day one to exam success. It includes full coverage of all vocabulary up to GCSE / standard grade.
'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.
New Oxford American Dictionary, the Surgeon of Crowthorne, Surrealist Women
Author: Books, LLC
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (books not included). Pages: 125. Chapters: New Oxford American Dictionary, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, Surrealist Women, Building Western Civilization: From the Advent of Writing to the Age of Steam, The Transparent Society, The Joy of Work, More Guns, Less Crime, Cyber Rights, Never at War, The Culture of Critique series, Red Scarf Girl, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, The Jew of Linz, Unweaving the Rainbow, YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike, In His Image, King Leopold's Ghost, 1998 in literature, Arrows in the Dark, Le Livre Noir du Capitalisme, Hopi Dictionary: Hop ikwa Lav ytutuveni, Rocket Boys, The Meaning of It All, The Long Haul, The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997, Consilience, Underground, The Good Man of Nanking, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, Caucasia, The Design Inference, The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China, The Spitting Image, Dreaming Down-Under, The Color of Crime, Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben, Achieving Our Country, We Interrupt This Broadcast, The Best American Poetry 1998, Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine, The Book of Learning and Forgetting, Choosing the Right College, Road to Perdition, Lovecraft Remembered, East and West, The Merlin Mystery, To Serve and Protect, A Bright Red Scream, The Body Electric, GURPS Discworld, The Accidental Asian, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, The Origins of The Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book, Stolen Valor, Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth, The Nurture Assumption, Zen at War, Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms, Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys, Hearts Grown Brutal, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Confederates in the Attic, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, Oceanic, Ox...
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