Reading through recovery….

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photo by daughter Susan

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.

Book- The Prof and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman

Author Simon Winchester

author 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.

Professor Sir. James Murray

Professor James Murray headed the project

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.

Dr. William Chester Minor

Dr. William Chester Minor

I know you wish me well and thank you. I’ll be a new bionic woman.

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12 thoughts on “Reading through recovery….

  1. Good luck, Muriel! They say old age is not for the faint of heart. You are on the Hero’s Journey. Bring back a boon for the rest of us. 🙂 ❤

  2. Muriel….this sounds like a fascinating story. Dr. Minor had so much free time in prison he was able to submit over 10,000 words. He must have been a methodical murderer. Assuming he submitted one word each day and skipped Saturday and Sunday to rest he would have submitted 250 words each year. That comes to 40 years times 250 words per year. No wonder he grew a beard in prison. (250 x40 equals 10,000 words). I had to put on my thinking cap to figure that out. Giggle. Enjoy the book. It’s perfect for rehab. Joe

  3. Sending all good wishes in your direction, Muriel. We’ll miss you at tai chi coffee, but I’m confident you’ll be able to join us again soon. Your Winchester book sounds terrific – I’ve only read two books by him thus far (Krakatoa and The Map That Changed the World – both totally absorbing).

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