The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Topics for Discussion

Simon Winchester
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What prompted the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary?

How did James Murray become editor of the Oxford English Dictionary?

How did William Minor contribute to the Oxford English Dictionary?

Name two emotionally difficult events in William Minor's life that may have triggered his paranoia and discuss them; also use them to explain why Minor kills George Merrett.

Why did Dr. Minor cut off his penis, in your opinion? What might it have to do with Eliza Merrett?

Discuss two of William Minor and James Murray's significant and unusual commonalities.

Explain in detail the reasons the Oxford English Dictionary was originally considered a good idea; which of those reasons are still good reasons? Which aren't?

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