A New York Times Notable BookThe Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness genius and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionaryand literary historyThe making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As definitions were collected the overseeing committee led by Professor James Murray was stunned to discover that one man Dr W C Minor had submittedthan ten thousand But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him For Dr Minor an American Civil War veteran was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insaneMasterfully researched and elouently written The Professor and the Madman is the linguistic detective story of the decade William Safire New York Times MagazineThis PS edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and A New York Times Notable BookThe Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness genius and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionaryand literary historyThe making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As definitions were collected the overseeing committee led by Professor James Murray was stunned to discover that one man Dr W C Minor had submittedthan ten thousand But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him For Dr Minor an American Civil War veteran was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insaneMasterfully researched and elouently written The Professor and the Madman is the linguistic detective story of the decade William Safire New York Times MagazineThis PS edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and A New York Times Notable BookThe Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness genius and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionaryand literary historyThe making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken As definitions were collected the overseeing committee led by Professor James Murray was stunned to discover that one man Dr W C Minor had submittedthan ten thousand But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him For Dr Minor an American Civil War veteran was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insaneMasterfully researched and elouently written The Professor and the Madman is the linguistic detective story of the decade William Safire New York Times MagazineThis PS edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and