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The Meaning of Everything - The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Audio cassette): Simon Winchester

The Meaning of Everything - The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Audio cassette)

Simon Winchester; Read by Simon Winchester

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From the bestselling author of
The Professor and the Madman,
The Map That Changed the World,
and Krakatoa

Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries – The Oxford English Dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to the murderous W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption.

The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.

General

Imprint: HarperAudio
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2003
First published: October 2003
Authors: Simon Winchester
Readers: Simon Winchester
Dimensions: 163 x 99 x 67mm (L x W x H)
Format: Audio cassette
Cassettes: 6
Running time: 480 minutes
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-059235-6
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > General
LSN: 0-06-059235-4
Barcode: 9780060592356

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