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The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
The amazing story of an Oxford professor from a humble background and an American madman from a privileged background who collaborated to help create the Oxford English Dictionary. The plot doesn't sound all that engaging but the story is well so written and the stranger than fiction events make it a fascinating glimpse into two rare minds. Plus it provides snapshot descriptions of early 19th century Ceylon, the American Civil War and Dickens's London. Don't read it if you can't spare the $262.50 for the OED with magnifying glass. You'll want to own it - Jim Buckley
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