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"The linguistic detective story of the decade." (New York Times Magazine)
I was somewhat disappointed with this book, but probably for the very reason that most people would find it enjoyable: Too much back story about the people and not enough about the making of the dictionary. The story is well written (and narrated), but I got tired of hearing about the foibles of the madman instead of more about compilation of the OED.
Not very impressed by this work. I had trouble identifying with the author's perspective, which seemed at times old fashioned, at times sexist, at times openly disdainful of Americans. I had to double check the publication date while reading this book to verify that it was written in the 20th century.
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