The Professor and the Madman
  • Author : Simon Winchester
  • Release Date : 01 September 1999
  • Publisher : Perennial
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 13 : 006099486X
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Book excerpt: Hailed by the "New York Times" as "a fascinating, spicy, learned tale, " this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary genius, madness, and the making of the"Oxford English Dictionary."

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Perennial
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Hailed by the "New York Times" as "a fascinating, spicy, learned tale, " this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary genius, madness, and the making of the"Oxford English Dictionary."...

The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Genre : English language
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"We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure that Murray grandly dubbed the Scriptorium -- the Scrippy or the Shed, as locals called it -- and meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to W.C. Minor, whose story is ...

Caught in the Web of Words

Caught in the Web of Words

Author : Katherine Maud Elisabeth Murray
Publisher : Yale University Press
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a great lexicographer. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities ...

A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Genre : History
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The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the ...

The Madman and the Butcher

The Madman and the Butcher

Author : Tim Cook
Publisher : Penguin Canada
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Based on newly uncovered sources, The Madman and the Butcher is a powerful double biography of Sam Hughes and Arthur Currie and the story of one of the most shocking and highly publicized libel trials in Canadian history. Sir Arthur Currie achieved international fame as Canadian Corps commander during the ...

Outposts

Outposts

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Genre : History
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The New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman takes readers on a quirky and charming tour of the last outpost of the British empire Originally published in 1985, Outposts is Simon Winchester’s journey to find the vanishing empire, “on which the sun never sets.” ...

Krakatoa

Krakatoa

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Penguin UK
Genre : Nature
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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; ...

The Alice Behind Wonderland

The Alice Behind Wonderland

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Literary Criticism
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On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling ...

The Holy Madmen of Tibet

The Holy Madmen of Tibet

Author : David M. DiValerio
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Genre : RELIGION
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"This book is the first comprehensive study of the "holy madmen" of Tibetan Buddhism--tantric yogins who achieved a degree of saintliness through shocking, norm-overturning behavior"--...

The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Harper Collins
Genre : History
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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its ...

The Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Author : Pip Williams
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Genre : Fiction
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REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK FOR MAY ’22! • “Delightful . . . [a] captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded.”—The New York Times Book Review “A marvelous fiction about the power of language to elevate or repress.”—Geraldine Brooks, New ...

The River at the Centre of the World

The River at the Centre of the World

Author : Simon Winchester
Publisher : Penguin UK
Genre : Travel
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Simon Winchester undertakes a journey from the mouth of the Yangste River to its source. This is the story of the river, it's cities and their people, built around the author's own journey to discover something of the essence of China and her people, the Yangtse being her soul and ...

The Professor  the Banker  and the Suicide King

The Professor the Banker and the Suicide King

Author : Michael Craig
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Genre : Games & Activities
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In 2001, a stranger from Texas entered the high-stakes poker room in the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. A self-made billionaire, he challenged some of poker's greatest players to a series of heads-up matches. By the end, there was more than $20 million on the table. For the first time ever, here ...

Mentored by a Madman  The William Burroughs Experiment

Mentored by a Madman The William Burroughs Experiment

Author : A.J. Lees
Publisher : New York Review of Books
Genre : Medical
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A fascinating account by one of the world's leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career. Lees relates how Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a ground-breaking treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in ...

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Author : Janna Levin
Publisher : Anchor
Genre : Fiction
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Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both ...