The Meaning of Everything

The Meaning of Everything

Synopsis

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. Winchester lovingly describes the minutiae of dictionary making, brings us to visit the unseemly corrugated iron shed that Murray grandly dubbed The Scriptorium, and introduces some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to the murderous W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption.

The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 22min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 20min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 18min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 17min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 07min
  • sample-961
    Duration: 01min

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