The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
By Simon Winchester
There are two tales in this page-turner. One is how the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was compiled, which is fascinating in itself; and the other is a gripping story of a convicted murderer who spends his life sentence as a major contributor to the OED. This one stays in your mind for a long, long time.