The Meaning of Everything

Author(s): Simon Winchester


The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a remarkable achievement, the story of which has been aching to be told. Who better to take on the challenge than the talented story-teller Simon Winchester? With his characteristic gift for bringing history alive, in The Meaning of Everything Simon Winchester charts the fascinating life of the OED leading up to the appointment of the first editor, James Murray, in 1879, through to the OED's triumphant publication in 1928 and beyond. The Meaning of Everything is a must for anyone with an interest in language and words. By the author of bestselling The Surgeon of Crowthorne and The Map that Changed the WorldThe first ever history of the creation of the OED, using material from the Oxford University Press archivesPlaces the making of the dictionary in contextWritten in a engaging style, further enlivened with entertaining descriptions of the myriad characters involved in the making of the dictionaryStory complemented with 30 black-and-white images of earlier dictionaries and photographs of the people and places that played a part in this fascinating tale

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This is a book to savour and linger over ... a book that delights and instructs in equal measure. A must for all those who use and love the language. DAWN, Pakistan Responsible for first conceiving the dictionary and then seeing it to publication were an extraordinary collection of scholars, editors and keen volunteers. Winchester brings many of them to life in his book with great warmth and admiration. DAWN, Pakistan with gripping narrative flair, he brings one of the most intriguing of forgotten histories to life The Guardian an absorbing entertaining narrative John Mullan, Evening Standard a fascinating history Andrew Rosenheim, Independent Review the book has charm, eccentricity, and readability Mark Bostridge In his hands, a tortuous process of scholarship becomes a fascinating story Observer (Review) an absorbing and entertaining history...Simon Winchester's captivating book stresses the qualities which made the Oxford English Dictionary the remarkable book that it remains Tom Penn, Times Literary Supplement this is history brought to life. If you love words, this will be the most fascinating book you'll read all year Choice Magazine one of the most illuminating, enjoyable reads Tara Pepper, Newsweek

PROLOGUE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; 1. Taking the Measure of it All; 2. The Construction of the Pigeonholes; 3. The General Officer Commanding; 4. Battling the Undertow; 5. Pushing through the Untrodden Forest; 6. So Heavily Goes the Chariot; 7. The Hermit and the Murderer - and Hereward Thimbleby Price; 8. From Take to Turndown - and then, Triumphal Valediction; EPILOGUE; BIBLIOGRAPHY

General Fields

  • : 9780198607021
  • : oup
  • : oup
  • : 0.602
  • : October 2003
  • : 216mm X 138mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Winchester
  • : Hardback
  • : near fine
  • : 286
  • : numerous halftones