|提及的人：||James A H Murray; Frederick James Furnivall; Herbert Coleridge|
|資料類型：||傳記, 文獻, 有聲書，等, 網際網路資源|
|文件類型：||網路資源, 電腦資料, 錄音|
|注意：||Downloadable audio file.
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|表演者：||Read by the author.|
|詳述：||Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 105197 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.|
Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries, The Oxford English dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers.