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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
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Dec 05, 2009

really liked it

I learned so much from this book! I find it amazing that the editor of the first complete dictionary had the compassion to support a 30+ year relationship with one of the book's greatest contributors, a "madman", housed in an insane asylum. This book not only tell the story of how the First Oxford English Dictionary was produced (solicit the public - what a great idea), but of the sad story of man who truly loses his mind. This is a fabulous read!
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