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

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: James A H Murray; Frederick James Furnivall; Herbert Coleridge; Herbert Coleridge; Frederick James Furnivall; James A H Murray
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester
ISBN: 0198607024 9780198607021
OCLC Number: 52830480
Description: xxv, 260 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Taking the measure of it all --
The construction of the pigeon-holes --
The general officer commanding --
Battling with the undertow --
Pushing through the untrodden forest --
So heavily goes the chariot --
The hermit and the murderer--and Hereward Thimbleby Price --
From take to turn-down--and then, triumphal valediction.
Responsibility: Simon Winchester.
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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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This is a book to savour and linger over ... a book that delights and instructs in equal measure. A must for all those who use and love the language. DAWN, Pakistan Responsible for first conceiving Read more...

 
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The madman, revisited. . .

by heidicard (WorldCat user published 2007-09-30) Very Good Permalink
Journalist Simon Winchester returns to the subject of his bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, to further expound on the making of the English language’s definitive dictionary. The story begins with a lucid journey through the history of the English language, setting the foundation for a group of...
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