The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Setting & Symbolism

Simon Winchester
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Lambeth Marsh

Today, Lambeth is a slum in London, but in the 19th century it was even worse-off, still an undrained swamp. Minor and Merrett lived in Lambeth; it is where Minor killed Merrett.

Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum

The lunatic asylum where Minor was imprisoned for several decades.

Ceylon

Now Sri Lanka, it was the island where Minor grew up with his missionary parents and where his sexual fantasies began, prompted by beautiful Ceylonese women.

Oxford

The famed college in London where Oxford University Press is located and Murray put together most of the OED.

The Scriptorium

Murray's famous iron corrugated shed where he organized the entries for the OED and wrote the definitions.

Minor's Cell

Minor had a two-room cell at Broadmoor where he wrote his contributions to the OED.

Schizophrenia

No one knew what made Minor mad, but it appears to have been schizophrenia.

The Big Dictionary

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