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The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder,Madness And the Love of Words by Unknown

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder,Madness And the Love of Words
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One of the keenest volunteers in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a W C Minor. His refusal to go to Oxford to receive his congratulations led to the editor going to meet him in Berkshire, where he found that Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder.
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The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder,Madness And the Love of Words Summary


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, imprisioned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.

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GOR000889996
Title
The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder,Madness And the Love of Words
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
224
ISBN 10
0670878626
ISBN 13
9780670878628
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