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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
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Sep 24, 2009

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Read from September 01 to October 10, 2010

What a sad, sad story. As much as the author puts this in the context of the creation of the OED, it's really a sensational retelling of the decline of a poor, sick, crazy man who had the time, inclination, and intelligence to contribute to the OED. I think the best part of the book was the bibliography; I'm looking forward to picking up some of the books the author listed.

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