The Professor and the Madman

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061807602

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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New York Times Bestseller Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history. “The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

Workbook: Problems for Algeo/Butcher's The Origins and Development of the English Language, 7th

Author: John Algeo,Carmen A. Butcher

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285950933

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 96

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This companion to THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE expands on material in the main textbook. Expand coverage of some topics and chapter-by-chapter exercises help you master text material. You can answer review questions to ensure your comprehension, you caa analyze data to expand and apply your new knowledge, and you can work on enrichment exercises that, for example, familiarize you with the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh in Religion and Art

Author: Kenneth L. Vaux

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620325128

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh in Religion and Art surveys the historical venues where Van Gogh's life and work unfolded--Aldersgate, England, Amsterdam, Au Borinage, Antwerp, Asnieres-sur-Seine, Arles, Auvers-sur-Oise--culminating in an assessment of his legacy. Arguing that he is a painter-evangelist, a man of authentic religious calling, it demonstrates a novel thesis that theological spirituality is the genius of both his religious ministry and his art.

Social Constructionism

Sources and Stirrings in Theory and Practice

Author: Andy Lock,Tom Strong

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139487361

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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Social Constructionism: Sources and Stirrings in Theory and Practice offers an introduction to the different theorists and schools of thought that have contributed to the development of contemporary social constructionist ideas, charting a course through the ideas that underpin the discipline. From the New Science of Vico in the 18th century, through to Marxist writers, ethnomethodologists and Wittgenstein, ideas as to how socio-cultural processes provide the resources that make us human are traced to the present day. Despite constructionists often being criticised as 'relativists', 'activists' and 'anti-establishment' and for making no concrete contributions, their ideas are now being adopted by practically-oriented disciplines such as management consultancy, advertising, therapy, education and nursing. Andy Lock and Tom Strong aim to provoke a wider grasp of an alternative history and tradition that has developed alongside the one emphasised in traditional histories of the social sciences.

Inventing English

A Portable History of the Language

Author: Seth Lerer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023113794X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 305

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Presents a history of the English language, beginning with the Old English of the seventh century, through the Great Vowel Shift between the time of Chaucer and Shakespeare, and the later full emergence of modern English.

The Rise of Western Power

A Comparative History of Western Civilization

Author: Jonathan Daly

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441144757

Category: History

Page: 464

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The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. The Rise of Western Power charts the West's achievements-representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law-as well as its misdeeds-two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic slave trade. Adopting a global perspective, Jonathan Daly explores the contributions of other cultures and civilizations to the West's emergence. Historical, geographical, and cultural factors all unfold in the narrative. Adopting a thematic structure, the book traces the rise of Western power through a series of revolutions-social, political, technological, military, commercial, and industrial, among others. The result is a clear and engaging introduction to the history of Western civilization.

Travelers' Tales Thailand

True Stories

Author: James O'Reilly,Larry Habegger

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 1932361804

Category: Travel

Page: 488

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Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book, this newly designed collection paints a unique portrait of a complex and captivating land. One contributor lives as a monk for a month, gaining an inside look at monastic life. Another discovers Bangkok’s riverine pleasures, a world away from its car-choked streets. Yet another finds refuge as the houseguest of an isolated tribesman. Through these engaging personal stories, readers witness how Thailand satisfies just about any traveler’s hunger for the exotic, the beautiful, the thrillingly different. Writers include Pico Iyer, Norman Lewis, Diane Summers, Simon Winchester, Ian Buruma, Thalia Zepatos, and Tim Ward. “The breadth and color of the collective portrait [the contributors] provide of Thailand is remarkable.” — Los Angeles Times