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The surgeon of Crowthorne

Winchester, Simon. Winchester, Simon.

The surgeon of Crowthorne : a tale of murder, madness and the love of words Simon Winchester. - Ringwood, Vic. : Viking, 1998. - 207 p. :ill.;21 cm.

Biography of one of the volunteers who assisted with the making of the Oxford English Dictionary; he turned out to be W.C. Miner, an eccentric millionaire American Civil War surgeon who became mad and ended up in Broadmoor Asylum.

Published in the U.S. as: The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Minor, William Chester.
Murray, James Augustus Henry, Sir, 1837-1915 Friends and associates.
Psychiatric hospital patients--Great Britain--Biography.
Lexicographers--Great Britain--Biography.
English language--Lexicography.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Biography.

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