The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester

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The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED’s editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible – Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.

Reviewed by Enjoying Books

A fascinating book – most informative and beautifully written, The tortured life of Dr Minor interweaved with that of Murray and their labours on the OED – you will learn a great deal”

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