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Caught in the Web of Words

Caught in the Web of Words

James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary

by K.M. Elisabeth Murray
Paperback
Publication Date: 08/02/2001
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This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a great lexicographer. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it, and the endless difficulties that nearly led to the whole enterprise being abandoned.

"It is a magnificent story of a magnificent man, one of the finest biographies of the twentieth century, as its subject was one of the finest human beings of the nineteenth." -Anthony Burgess

"A moving and dramatic story . . . sometimes tragic, often comic, ultimately triumphant." -Times (London)

"A biography that possesses many of the virtues of James Murray himself-grace, humor, intelligence, curiosity, and scholarship." -Time

"In her vivid biography, Murray's granddaughter brings his remarkable personality to life, and provides an unexpectedly fascinating account of the OED's long and difficult birth." -Times Literary Supplement

"A gripping, engaging story; endearing, too. The daily round of a big Victorian family, with its jokes, games, and treasured seaside holidays, is entrancingly evoked." -Sunday Times (London)]]>
ISBN:
9780300089196
9780300089196
Category:
Biography: historical
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
08-02-2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
205x127x21mm
Weight:
0.47kg

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