Title: The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
Author: Simon Winchester
Author’s Website: http://www.simonwinchester.com/
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Titled The Professor and the Madman for its US release, this is a true story of American military surgeon Dr W.C. Minor who became mentally deranged and committed murder. He was then interred in Dartmoor prison and while serving almost a life sentence, he made significant contributions to the development of the Oxford English dictionary. The architect of the project thought that the contributor was a Country English gentleman and realised his status only on visiting him in Dartmoor. His early life was in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where he had fallen in love with a native girl in his youth. Subsequently, his father had removed him to America. Would his life have been different had he followed his heart or was this his fate?