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The Meaning of Everything

Simon Winchester

The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries - The Oxford English Dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to the murderous W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.

The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries - The Oxford English Dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to the murderous W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.
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The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries - The Oxford English Dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to the murderous W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:17