Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was one of the most prolific contributors to the dictionary, sending thousands of neat, hand-written quotations from his home. But in addition to being a masterly wordsmith, he was also an insane murderer locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics. The Professor and the Madman is the unforgettable story of the madness and genius that contributed to one of the greatest literary achievements in the history of English letters.
"Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning work shares its title with the book at the center of her tale - a literary sci-fi novel with the kind of cult-like following that it inspires washroom graffiti ("All Gods are carnivorous..."). Atwood’s protagonist Iris is haunted by the novel's existence, and as she unveils the story of her sister's suicide through chapters alternating with the text of The Blind Assassin, the listener slowly learns the truth of the tragic love story at the center of both the book, and the book within the book." -- Emily, Audible Editor