The Meaning of Everything: The story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Audiobook) By Simon Winchester, read by the author
Unabridged edition 2003 | 7 hours and 18 mins | ISBN: 0060592389 | MP3 215 kbps (vbr) | 714 MB
From the bestselling author of
The Professor and the Madman,
The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa
Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries – The Oxford English Dictionary. Here the listener is presented with lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but sickly first editor Herbert Coleridge, the colorful, wildly eccentric Frederick Furnivall, and the incomparable James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent half a century as editor bringing the project to fruition.