42 Word Retrospective: The Surgeon of Crowthorne

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The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words

by Simon Winchester (Viking, 1998)

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By focussing on the extensive amateur contributions of Doctor Minor (a bibliophile and former surgeon serving life imprisonment in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum), Simon Winchester captures something of the immense logistical difficulties faced in putting together the first ever true English dictionary.

 

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