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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date July 1, 2005
Pages 242
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060839789
ISBN-10 0060839783
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
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Summary
Looks at the making of the Oxford English dictionary.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

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.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780783885001
 
Large print edition from G K Hall & Co (April 1, 1999)
9780783885001 | details & prices | 308 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Looks at the making of the Oxford English dictionary
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (October 11, 2016)
The price comparison is for this edition
from Perennial (July 1, 2005)
9780060839789 | details & prices | 242 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.99
About: Looks at the making of the Oxford English dictionary.
from Perennial (September 1, 1999)
9780060994860 | details & prices | 242 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.95
About: The shocking story of the single greatest contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary in 1857 reveals that the man who contributed 10,000 definitions to the book was in fact a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780060836269
 
Unabridged edition from Harperaudio (October 1, 2005)
9780060836269 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.99
About: Describes how more than ten thousand definitions were submitted for the first Oxford English Dictionary from Dr.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (November 5, 2008)
9781439571200 | details & prices | 242 pages | List price $22.95
This edition also contains The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
About: 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.
from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2005)
9781417692644 | details & prices | 242 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $25.70
About: Looks at the making of the Oxford English dictionary.
from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2003); titled "Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary"
9780613621557 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $22.55
About: 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.

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