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Brown Bag Book Club – The Professor and the Madman

March 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


The Brown Bag Book Club will be reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester .  The “madman” being Dr. W. C. Minor, who contributed over 10,000 entries to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Prior to being honored for his contributions, the shocking discovery was made that he was an inmate in an asylum for the criminally insane.

It all began when Minor responded to a call for volunteers.

The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness and genius, and the incredible obsessions of two men at the heart of the Oxford English Dictionary and literary history. With riveting insight and detail, Simon Winchester crafts a fascinating glimpse into one man’s tortured mind and his contribution to another man’s magnificent dictionary.

Join us on Tuesday, March 25th from 12:15-1:00 PM to discuss this very interesting novel. For more information contact Information Desk at 624-6550ext. 319

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