The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary - Chapter 9, The Meeting of Minds Summary & Analysis

Simon Winchester
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Chapter 9, The Meeting of Minds Summary and Analysis

There was a great dictionary dinner held by the Oxford group on October 12th, 1897; it was unclear why Minor did not attend. The dictionary was going well and publication was accelerating. The publication of the dictionary acquired a kind of special aura because of its profundity.

The Queen rewarded the team with a royal dinner; the author lists the guests. Some of the volunteers were invited and two of the men, both Americans, who were former soldiers and insane, did not come. The first was Dr. Fitzedward Hall, the second Dr. Minor. Those at dinner knew why Hall didn't come because the man was a hermit. But where was Dr. Minor?

Murray was perplexed and irritated and resolved to meet Dr. Minor. He sent Minor a note asking to meet him and Dr...

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