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Winchester, Simon

Works: 171 works in 840 publications in 20 languages and 41,512 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Folklore  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Dictionaries  Pictorial works  Travel writing  Diaries  Creative nonfiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, Photographer, Dubious author
Classifications: PE1617.O94, B
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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester( Book )

76 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 4,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics
Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester( Book )

57 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 4,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considers the global impact of the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, documenting its cause of an immense tsunami that killed 40,000 people, its impact on the weather for several years, and its role in anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism
The meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its earliest inception through its long path to completion, describes the process of creating a dictionary, and includes anecdotes about its creators and their work
A crack in the edge of the world : America and the great California earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winchester brings his storytelling abilities, as well as his understanding of geology, to the extraordinary San Francisco Earthquake, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. He also positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of 20th-century California and American history.--From publisher description
The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester( Book )

34 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China--long the world's most technologically advanced country. This married Englishman, a freethinking intellectual, while working at Cambridge University in 1937, fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He became fascinated with China, and embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations--including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper--often centuries before the rest of the world. His dangerous journeys took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham began writing what became a seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Science and Civilisation in China.--From publisher description
The men who united the States : America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible by Simon Winchester( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum-"Out of many, one"--Has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But what unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? Simon Winchester follows the footsteps of America's most crucial innovators, thinkers and explorers, from Lewis and Clark, to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage and Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776. The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led by one of the most gifted writers. -- Publisher description
The river at the center of the world : a journey up the Yangtze and back in Chinese time by Simon Winchester( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicle of the author's adventures following the often difficult course of the Yangtze River in China, providing a portrait of the vast country, its history, politics, geography, climate, and culture
The Alice behind wonderland by Simon Winchester( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin's clothes, and then snapped the camera's shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for an appreciative energetic and penetrating look at the inspiration behind, and the making of, one of the greatest classics of children's literature. Indeed, Winchester shows that Dodgson's love of photography deeply influenced his view of the world, helping to transform this shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Much like the fictional Alice's world, as the photograph is subject to closer examination, 'Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid' becomes curiouser and curiouser, capturing a moment during a golden afternoon that would endure forever. 'Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid' was, in short, the muse that would inspire the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Deftly engaging with Dogson's published writings, private diaries, and photography, Winchester weaves together the poignant, turbulent, and entirely fascinating story behind Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice. Acclaim for Simon Winchester "An exceptionally engaging guideat home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity." --Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review "A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly." --USA Today "Extraordinarily graceful." --Time "Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur." --Christopher Buckley "A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher." --Newsweek"--
Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers by Simon Winchester( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A colorful and provocative exploration of the modern Pacific Ocean--what it has been, and the grip it holds on our future. Simon Winchester tackles this "oceanic behemoth of eye-watering complexity" by focusing on key moments since 1950 that speak to the greater trends and larger truths about the ocean's significance to us today. He leads us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands in between. He recounts the atomic tests on Bikini, which created a surreal landscape that must still be left vacant. He takes us to the launch of "Gidget" and her surfboards, which would forever change how the world's youth views a rising wave. Pacific also tells the story of the transistor radio and how it sparked the digital revolution, from Japan to Silicon Valley, altering the ocean's destiny. Winchester includes tales of alarming discoveries on the Great Barrier Reef and grand expeditions to mysterious vents on the ocean's floor. He examines the geopolitical shifts that shaped the ocean's vast land areas and addresses the environmental degradation and climate shifts that now threaten this majestic body of water. Along the way, he looks at the political turmoil in Australia, the relationship between the Koreas, and recent confrontations that engaged China and the United States. Calling upon Winchester's many journeys throughout the Pacific and its surrounding areas, his formidable historical understanding, and his singular talent for storytelling, Pacific is a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty and myth that has long captured the imagination.--Adapted from book jacket
A crack in the edge of the world by Simon Winchester( Recording )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Crack in the Edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.--
The man who loved China Joseph Needham and the making of a masterpiece by Simon Winchester( Recording )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Winchester profiles the life and work of Joseph Needham, a man who, in the mid-20th century, dedicated his life to studying the history of Chinese science. He would go on to write the definitive history of China's scientific progress
The professor and the madman by Simon Winchester( Recording )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When editors of the "Oxford English dictionary" put out a call during the late 19th century for "men of letters" to contribute entries, hundreds of responses came forth
Krakatoa [the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883] by Simon Winchester( Recording )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1883, a series of cataclysmic events completely annihilated the Indonesian volcano islands of Krakatoa. Those who survived the initial volcano eruption fell victim to a ferocious tidal wave. Over 40,000 people lost their lives in perhaps the worst natural disaster in history. Here, Simon Winchester chronicles the harrowing event
Pacific rising : the emergence of a new world culture by Simon Winchester( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A brilliant portrait of the peoples, history, culture and politics of the Pacific by a gifted and critically acclaimed author who remains fascinated and enthralled by the ocean Herman Melville called 'the tide-beating heart of the earth.'"--Dust jacket inside cover
Stones of empire : the buildings of the Raj by Jan Morris( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes the whole range of British constructions in India. The text and photographs illustrate these buildings not simply as physical objects, but as reflections of an empire's mingled emotions and changing history
When the earth shakes : earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis by Simon Winchester( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'New York Times' bestselling author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchester who's been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the theory of plate tectonics, and even charred the soles of his boots climbing a volcano looks at the science, technology, and societal impact of these inter-connected natural phenomena"--
The surgeon of Crowthorne : a tale of murder, madness and the love of words by Simon Winchester( Book )

44 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Winchester's The Surgeon of Crowthorne was an international bestseller and tells an extraordinary true story of murder, madness and an extraordinary friendship in the nineteenth century
Skulls : an exploration of Alan Dudley's curious collection by Simon Winchester( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and French and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the rich and fascinating story of skulls, both human and animal, from every perspective imaginable: historical, biographical, cultural, and iconographic. Presenting details about the parts of the skull (including the cranium, the mandible, the shape and positioning of the eye sockets, and species-specific features like horns, teeth, beaks and bills), information about the science and pseudoscience of skulls, and a look at skulls in religion, art and popular culture, his stories and information are riveting and enlightening
The map that changed the world [William Smith and the birth of modern geology] by Simon Winchester( Recording )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surverying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell across the world. This is the story of his life and the history of geology.--
The fracture zone a return to the Balkans by Simon Winchester( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region
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The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary
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Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883The meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English dictionaryA crack in the edge of the world : America and the great California earthquake of 1906The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle KingdomThe river at the center of the world : a journey up the Yangtze and back in Chinese timeThe Alice behind wonderlandA crack in the edge of the worldThe man who loved China Joseph Needham and the making of a masterpiece