Did you read Simon Winchester’s fabulous 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne about James Murray who worked on the Oxford English Dictionary and was assisted with over 10,000 entries from Dr W.C. Minor, an ex US army surgeon who was locked up in a lunatic asylum? It is an extraordinary story and a really good read, if you haven’t read it.
A film has been made about the two men and the dictionary – The Professor and the Madman, due out in May (in the USA, and hopefully not long afterwards in Australia) and starring Mel Gibson as Murray and Sean Penn as Minor. I look forward to it! Simon Winchester has also written The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (2003) which I enjoyed even more than his previous book.
Have you read The Surgeon of Crowthorne? Will you see this movie? Tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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