Sunday, February 07, 2010

The prof and the madman

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1837 Sir James Murray (d. 1915), Scottish philologist and lexicographer. By the time of his death, half of the Oxford English Dictionary had been prepared by Murray himself.

The professor and the 'lunatic'

James Murray is the subject of the intriguing bestseller, The Surgeon of Crowthorne (published in America under the title The Professor and the Madman), by Simon Winchester, about Murray's relationship with an insane murderer and lookalike, the American amateur philologist, Dr William Chester Minor ...


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