The Surgeon Of Crowthorne

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Author: Simon Winchester
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This inspiring tale of literary brilliance and dangerous madness recounts the invaluable role played in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary by a deranged American Civil War hero who was also a millionaire and a murderer. Two distinguished-looking Victorians, both learned and serious, yet from very different worlds: one a brilliant polymath, the other a madman and a murderer.

 Dr James Murray, erudite and pious, who broke free from an impoverished childhood to become a towering figure of British scholarship. Dr WC Minor, lascivious, charismatic, a millionaire American Civil War Surgeon and homicidal lunatic. Confined to Broadmoor Asylum, he pursued his passion for words and become one of the Oxford English Dictionary's most valued contributors.

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