I think I may have come across the tale of Minor first a review in The
New Yorker magazine or perhaps here
Thanks for reminding me.
At 12:44 AM 11/6/2006 -0500, you wrote:
Have you come across the biography of one of those original readers,
Dr. William Charles Minor an American Army
surgeon who had served in the Civil War, Simon Winchester's "The
Professor and the Madman?"
In a message dated 11/6/2006 12:18:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
- Published: November 5, 2006
- âA thousand readers are wanted,â [James] Murray announced in his
famous 1879 public appeal. âThe later 16th-century literature is very
fairly done; yet here several books remain to be read. The 17th century,
with so many more writers, naturally shows still more unexplored
- [a facsimile of the appeal's 3rd page]
- On page 6 page one finds, i.a. Pepys' Diary (last ed.)