πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Perennial
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1999-09-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 272
πŸ“’ ISBN : 006099486X
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : Hailed by the "New York Times" as "a fascinating, spicy, learned tale, " this runaway national bestseller takes an extraordinary look into literary genius, madness, and the making of the"Oxford English Dictionary."


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Harper Collins
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2009-10-13
πŸ“’ Pages : 288
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0061807605
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : New York Times Bestseller Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionaryβ€”soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. The making of the Oxford English Dictionary 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 submitted more than 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 insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The 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 Dictionaryβ€”and literary history. β€œThe linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2004
πŸ“’ Pages : 260
πŸ“’ ISBN : 019517500X
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : 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.


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Penguin UK
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2004-06-03
πŸ“’ Pages : 448
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780141926230
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Nature

SYNOPSIS : Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher :
πŸ“’ Release Date : 1999-08
πŸ“’ Pages : 272
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0060955392
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. This audio also includes a conversation between Simon Winchester and John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary


πŸ“’ Author : Katherine Maud Elisabeth Murray
πŸ“’ Publisher : Yale University Press
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2001
πŸ“’ Pages : 386
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0300089198
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a great lexicographer. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it, and the endless difficulties that nearly led to the whole enterprise being abandoned. "It is a magnificent story of a magnificent man, one of the finest biographies of the twentieth century, as its subject was one of the finest human beings of the nineteenth."--Anthony Burgess "A moving and dramatic story . . . sometimes tragic, often comic, ultimately triumphant."--Times (London) "A biography that possesses many of the virtues of James Murray himself--grace, humor, intelligence, curiosity, and scholarship."--Time "In her vivid biography, Murray's granddaughter brings his remarkable personality to life, and provides an unexpectedly fascinating account of the OED's long and difficult birth."--Times Literary Supplement "A gripping, engaging story; endearing, too. The daily round of a big Victorian family, with its jokes, games, and treasured seaside holidays, is entrancingly evoked."--Sunday Times (London)


πŸ“’ Author : Ammon Shea
πŸ“’ Publisher : Penguin
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2008-07-02
πŸ“’ Pages : 256
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781440634482
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Language Arts & Disciplines

SYNOPSIS : An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography." "I'm reading the OED so you don't have to," says Ammon Shea on his slightly masochistic journey to scale the word lover's Mount Everest: the Oxford English Dictionary. In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarian's keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word.


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Harper Collins
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2013-02-05
πŸ“’ Pages : 512
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780062277459
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : History

SYNOPSIS : Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced itβ€”and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.


πŸ“’ Author : Simon Winchester
πŸ“’ Publisher : Harper Collins
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2009-10-27
πŸ“’ Pages : 400
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0061978329
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : History

SYNOPSIS : Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory. His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny reading and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying. With a new introduction, this updated edition tells us what has happened to these extraordinary places while the author's been away.


πŸ“’ Author : Christopher Paul Curtis
πŸ“’ Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2014-09-30
πŸ“’ Pages : 384
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780545633765
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Juvenile Fiction

SYNOPSIS : Bestselling Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning ELIJAH OF BUXTON.