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Winchester, Simon

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Works: 217 works in 854 publications in 2 languages and 44,889 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Folklore  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Diaries 
Roles: Narrator, Author of introduction, Photographer, Dubious author, Other
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 )
30 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 4,458 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 )
27 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 3,695 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 map that changed the world : William Smith and the birth of modern geology by Simon Winchester ( Book )
45 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fascinating story of William Smith, the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world's first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology. The Map That Changed the World is, at its foundation, a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin and homelessness. The world's coal and oil industry, its gold mining, its highway systems, and its railroad routes were all derived entirely from the creation of Smith's first map.; and with a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery
The meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester ( Book )
29 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 2,912 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 )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,851 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 )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,269 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 )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree
The river at the center of the world : a journey up the Yangtze and back in Chinese time by Simon Winchester ( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 1,390 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 )
8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,089 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"--
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 830 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
Krakatoa [the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883] by Simon Winchester ( Recording )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 828 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 )
5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 804 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 )
15 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 696 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
A crack in the edge of the world [America and the great California earthquake of 1906] by Simon Winchester ( Recording )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 662 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 map that changed the world [William Smith and the birth of modern geology] by Simon Winchester ( Recording )
30 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 653 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
Their noble lordships : class and power in modern Britain by Simon Winchester ( Book )
11 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The surgeon of Crowthorne : a tale of murder, madness and the love of words by Simon Winchester ( Book )
32 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 598 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
The professor and the madman by Simon Winchester ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 566 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
Skulls : an exploration of Alan Dudley's curious collection by Simon Winchester ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 538 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
Northern Ireland in crisis; reporting the Ulster troubles by Simon Winchester ( Book )
5 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Winchester, Simon, 1944-
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