Bulldog Book Club 2/16 and 2/22: The Professor and the Madman

February 13, 2011 – 3:10 PM

Delve into Simon Winchester’s ‘Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary’, The Professor and the Madman. Then come discuss it with English Professor Fran Teague and a UGA Librarian!  Bulldog Book Club is open to all.

The Oxford English Dictionary used 1,827,306 quotations to help define its 414,825 words. Tens of thousands of those used in the first edition came from the erudite, moneyed American Civil War veteran Dr. W.C. Minor – all from a cell at the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. … Pronounced insane and confined at Broadmoor with his collection of rare books, Minor happened upon a call for OED volunteers in the early 1880s. … Winchester enthusiastically chronicles Minor’s subsequent correspondence with editor Dr. J.A.H. Murray, who, as Winchester shows, understood that Minor’s endless scavenging for the first or best uses of words became his saving raison d’etre, and looked out for the increasingly frail man’s well-being. Winchester fills out the story with a well-researched mini-history of the OED, a wonderful demonstration of the lexicography of the word “art” and a sympathetic account of Victorian attitudes toward insanity. – Publisher’s Weekly

Wednesday, 16 Feb. 3:30-4:30, Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center.
Tuesday, 22 Feb. 12:30-1:30, Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center.

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