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

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Harper Audio, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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, Document, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester
OCLC Number: 65196869
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 07:19:10.
Performer(s): Read by the author.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 105197 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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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.

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