20 October 2004

The Professor and the Madman; Winchester, Simon

A year or so ago, I had read and enjoyed Simon Winchester's The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology. In it, he documents the life of the father of modern geology, the Englishman William Smith. Winchester told the drama of his story with engaging details and, perhaps, very British fastidiousness. This other book, The Professor and the Madman, seemed equally appropriate for his style of writing.

Pip pip.

The Professor and the Madman
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary; Winchester, Simon
[ posted by sstrader on 20 October 2004 at 6:50:30 PM in Current Interests , Language & Literature ]