This is a busy week. I’ll be getting a new hip on Friday and my mind is occupied on getting prepared. So much to arrange for ahead of time. My brain is not good at double-tasking, so to create something clever or amusing for you to read right now seems beyond me.
However, I’ve just started reading a fascinating book which I think you may find of interest. As you know, I’m a history buff and I’d definitely put this book in that category. ‘The Professor and the Madman, a tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary’ is written by Simon Winchester.
Winchester was a geologist at Oxford, is a full-time correspondent and writer who now lives in the U.S.
It’s the story of two of the men who worked on the making of the dictionary begun in 1857. One of the most ambitious endeavors ever, it required the help of many to bring it to fruition.
Professor James Murray, who headed the project, realized that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, contributed more than ten thousand submissions. They had never met. He decided Minor should be honored. This led to a shocking discovery. Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. He had committed murder.
This IS a fascinating story, as only true stories can be. I plan to read it during my recovery. If you think it may please you, join me and we can share our opinion of the book when we finish reading it.
I know you wish me well and thank you. I’ll be a new bionic woman.