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Winchester, Simon

Works: 219 works in 1,197 publications in 18 languages and 49,202 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Folklore  Biographies  Travel writing  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Dictionaries  Pictorial works  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, Dubious author, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Photographer, wpr
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 )
87 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 4,566 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
The map that changed the world : William Smith and the birth of modern geology by Simon Winchester( Book )
69 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 3,599 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
A crack in the edge of the world : America and the great California earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester( Book )
32 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 3,045 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 meaning of everything : the story of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester( Book )
35 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,851 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
The men who united the States : America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible by Simon Winchester( Book )
23 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,424 libraries worldwide
"For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum-"Out of many, one"--Has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But what unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? Simon Winchester follows the footsteps of America's most crucial innovators, thinkers and explorers, from Lewis and Clark, to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage and Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776"--
The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester( Book )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Thai and held by 2,172 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 river at the center of the world : a journey up the Yangtze and back in Chinese time by Simon Winchester( Book )
23 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,199 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 )
15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 1,151 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"--
A crack in the edge of the world by Simon Winchester( Sound Recording )
37 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 995 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.--
When the earth shakes : earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis by Simon Winchester( Book )
6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 892 libraries worldwide
"'New York Times' bestselling author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchester who's been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the theory of plate tectonics, and even charred the soles of his boots climbing a volcano looks at the science, technology, and societal impact of these inter-connected natural phenomena"--
Krakatoa : [the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883] by Simon Winchester( Sound Recording )
24 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 816 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
The professor and the madman by Simon Winchester( Sound Recording )
25 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 784 libraries worldwide
The story of how James Murray, the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, corresponded with William Minor, who contributed many quotations to the work but mysteriously refused invitations to visit until Murray finally sought him out only to discover that Minor was an insane murderer locked in England's worst asylum
Pacific rising : the emergence of a new world culture by Simon Winchester( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 738 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
The man who loved China : Joseph Needham and the making of a masterpiece by Simon Winchester( Sound Recording )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 681 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
Stones of empire : the buildings of the Raj by Jan Morris( Book )
19 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 678 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
The men who united the states : America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible by Simon Winchester( Sound Recording )
12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 660 libraries worldwide
For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum -- Out of many, one -- has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify America and the pioneers who have toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizens and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings. Winchester follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland; Rochester to San Francisco; Truckee to Laramie; Seattle to Anchorage, introducing these fascinating men and others -- some familiar, some forgotten, some hardly known -- who played a pivotal role in creating today's United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree
The surgeon of Crowthorne : a tale of murder, madness and the love of words by Simon Winchester( Book )
47 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 621 libraries worldwide
W.C. Minor was one of the keenest volunteers involved in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. What the OED's editor, James Murray, didn't realise was that he was also a millionaire American Civil War surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder
Skulls : an exploration of Alan Dudley's curious collection by Simon Winchester( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 607 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
When the sky breaks : hurricanes, tornadoes, and the worst weather in the world by Simon Winchester( Book )
10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 461 libraries worldwide
"Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, tornadoes: when these giant storms hit, they are natural disasters with huge impact!"--Provided by publisher
Korea : a walk through the land of miracles by Simon Winchester( Book )
15 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and German and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Review: "In the late 1980s, author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea - from its southern tip to the North Korean border - in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land." "Fascinating for its presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is a book that actually defines a nation and its people. Winchester captures and engages characters in true stories that provide us with a treasury of informed insight on the culture, language, history, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia."
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Alternative Names
Simon Winchester Brits journalist
Winchester, Simon 1944-
Винчестер С. 1944-
וינצ'סטר, סימון
סימון וינצ'סטר
סימון וינצ'סטר סופר בריטי
윈체스터, 사이먼
ウィンチェスター, サイモン
English (609)
French (13)
German (10)
Japanese (8)
Italian (7)
Chinese (6)
Spanish (4)
Catalan (4)
Dutch (3)
Danish (2)
Thai (2)
Finnish (2)
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