About this book
Simon Winchester's account, now in paperback, of the role played in the creation of the O.E.D. by a deranged American Civil War hero who was also a millionaire and a murderer. A no. 1 bestseller in Viking hardcover, it promises to do extremely well in this format. "A "tour de force"" Will Self, "The Times".
The making of the "Oxford English Dictionary" was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the "OED's" editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him.