The Surgeon of Crowthorne

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141942045

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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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. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.

The Surgeon of Crowthorne

Author: Michael Dean

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780582435889

Category:

Page: 86

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The Professor and the Madman

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061807605

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6009


A New York Times Notable Book The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history. The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective story of the decade.” (William Safire, New York Times Magazine) This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

Author: Peter Lamarque,Stein Haugom Olsen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119222494

Category: Philosophy

Page: 744

View: 9588


For over fifty years, philosophers working within the broader remit of analytic philosophy have developed and refined a substantial body of work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, curating a core foundation of scholarship which offers rigor and clarity on matters of profound and perennial interest relating to art and all forms of aesthetic appreciation. Now in its second edition and thoroughly revised, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art—The Analytic Tradition: An Anthology captures this legacy in a comprehensive introduction to the core philosophical questions and conversations in aesthetics. Through 57 key essays selected by leading scholars Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen, this anthology collects modern classics as well as new contributions on essential topics such as the identification and ontology of art, interpretation, values of art, art and knowledge, and fiction and the imagination. New to this edition are selections which treat aesthetic experience more widely, including essays on the aesthetics of nature and aesthetics in everyday life. Other carefully-chosen pieces analyze the practice and experience of specific art forms in greater detail, including painting, photography, film, literature, music, and popular art such as comics. This bestselling collection is an essential resource for students and scholars of aesthetics, designed to foster a foundational understanding of both long-standing and contemporary topics in the field.

The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction

Author: Sally Cline,Midge Gillies

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408131234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 4238


A professional guide to the rapidly evolving genre of literary non-fiction written by tutors from the prestigious Arvon Foundation course and with contributions from leading writers.