Chasing Pages Book Club at Cherrydale - "The Professor and the Madman"
Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.
Free during the day? Join us for the Cherrydale Branch Library's new afternoon book club, Chasing Pages. Coffee and tea will be provided.
January's title is "The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" by Simon Winchester:
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 compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Book Club copies are available at the Cherrydale service desk.
Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Ruth at 703-228-6330.