The Surgeon of Crowthorne Author:Simon Winchester Two distinguished-looking Victorians, both learned and serious, yet from very different worlds: one a brilliant polymath, the other a madman and murderer. — Dr. James Murray, erudite and pious, who broke free from an impoverished childhood to become a towering figure of British scholarship and editor of the great Oxford English Dictionary. — Dr. W... more ». C. Minor, lascivious, charismatic, a millionaire American Civil War surgeon and homicidal lunatic. Confined to Broadmoor Asylum, he pursued his passion for words and became one of the OED's most valued contributors.
Their lives and unlikely friendship are unravelled in Simon Winchester's classic work of detection.
[Also published under the title The Professor and the Madman]« less