The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Chapter 8, Annulated, Art, Brick-Tea, Buckwheat Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8, Annulated, Art, Brick-Tea, Buckwheat Summary and Analysis

William Minor's first slip of paper left Broadmoor in the spring of 1885, and by the end of the summer they arrive in brown paper packets each month. The paper slips would flood into Murray's office in Oxford, where he and his team had just moved. Murray's life as editor was difficult, and he threatened to resign on various occasions due to the Delegates' interference, the slow work pace, and his suffering health. One thing that kept him going was the publication of the first installment on January 29th, 1884, 352 pages of A - Ant. Murray believed that he would be finished within eleven years, but it would take forty-four more.

In four decades time, 352 pages would become 15,487. All of Murray's future work was done in his Scriptorium, which survives to this day. The author...

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