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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
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Feb 08, 2010

really liked it

This is primarily the story of how one man--an educated, intelligent, yet mentally unwell man--contributed an enormous amount to the work we know today as the Oxford English Dictionary. The author keeps his focus on this thread even while showing us the necessary glimpses of the past to keep it in context. Glance quickly at the author's dedication before starting the book as the coda explains it. The title of this book suggests that the book is somewhat sensationalist; my description may give the impression that it's boring. In fact, the book is grounded, quiet, interesting, and respectful of its subject. I recommend reading it a few chapters at a time with a cup of tea in hand.

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