The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Character Descriptions

Simon Winchester
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Dr. William Minor

Born in Ceylon, this person was held in the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. This individual made innumerable contributions to the Oxford English Dictionary.

James Murray

A Scottish philologist and a lexicographer of great note, this person served as the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary for nearly forty years.

George Merrett

This person was a young pub worker in Lambeth Marsh who was shot and killed, precipitating the main events of the book.

Eliza Merrett

This person's husband was shot and killed, and she eventually developed a kind of friendship with the killer.

The London Philological Society

One of the oldest learned groups in Great Britain, it is devoted to the study of the English Language. This group was also responsible for bringing together the idea for the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Irishman

This person was a deserter during the Civil War and part of...

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