The Surgeon of Crowthorne - A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words
1998. Reprint. A very good copy in a very good d/w.
The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a fifty-year task requiring the assistance of thousands of volunteers - one of the keenest a W C Minor. Minor was a millionaire American Civil War surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder. Here Simon Winchester tells this uplifting tale.