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The meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who better to take on the challenge than the talented story-teller Simon Winchester? This book charts the life of the OED leading up to the appointment of the first editor, James Murray, in 1879,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester
ISBN: 0198607024 9780198607021 0192805762 9780192805768
OCLC Number: 185979881
Awards: Winner of IndieFab awards (History) 2003
Description: xxv, 260 p. : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: PROLOGUE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; 1. Taking the Measure of it All; 2. The Construction of the Pigeonholes; 3. The General Officer Commanding; 4. Battling the Undertow; 5. Pushing through the Untrodden Forest; 6. So Heavily Goes the Chariot; 7. The Hermit and the Murderer - and Hereward Thimbleby Price; 8. From Take to Turndown - and then, Triumphal Valediction; EPILOGUE; BIBLIOGRAPHY
Responsibility: Simon Winchester.

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