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  Simon Winchester - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Simon Winchester, OBE (born September 28, 1944), is a British author and journalist.
Winchester is said to currently be writing a book about the British biochemist and Chinese science scholar Joseph Needham.
Winchester was awarded the Order of the British Empire for "services to journalism and literature" in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year Honours list of 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Simon_Winchester   (347 words)

  
 Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people.
Simon Winchester is the author of The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary, and The Fracture Zone: A Return to the Balkans, among many other titles.
Winchester describes the eruption through the eyes of its survivors, and readers will be as horrified and mesmerized as eyewitnesses were as the death toll reached nearly 40,000 (almost all of whom died from tsunamis generated by the unimaginably strong shock waves of the eruption).
www.historywiz.com /books/moreinfo/krakatoa.htm   (1227 words)

  
 Simon Winchester - Annotated Bibliography
Winchester deftly explores the subject mining anecdotes such as the necessity for the ultra-wealthy in Scotland to eat their porridge standing up and also to serve their cheese with a scoop rather than a knife.
Winchester was jailed for three months on trumped up charges of spying with two other British journalists from the beginning and during the entire duration of the Falklands War.
Simon Winchester's breathtaking story delves deep beneath the surface of the earth and explains to us why the world moves as it does, and breaks apart with such devastating results.
www.sjsu.edu /depts/english/MFA/simonwinchester/non-fiction.htm   (1540 words)

  
 Simon Winchester on the Paula Gordon Show
Winchester maintains, because it was the first time people all over the world got news of the devastation -- the submarine telegraph cable had just been invented.
Simon Winchester tells Paula Gordon and Bill Russell how dramatically ideas about the planet earth changed in 1967, when geologists put forth the theory of plate tectonics, and explains why the theory is revolutionary.
Winchester shares the joy he had bringing a wide range of elements together in writing about Krakatoa, the volcano, the tsunami that followed it, the worldwide effects, the geology and more.
www.paulagordon.com /shows/winchester   (1205 words)

  
 Simon Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.
Simon Winchester turned sixty years old in 2004 and is enjoying the most popular success of his life.
Winchester divides his time between a flat in New York, a seventy-five acre farm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts (where he keeps horses, icelandic sheep, and an English pointer named Bailey), and a cottage in Scotland.
www.valleytownhall.com /winchester.html   (1160 words)

  
 Krakatoa - Simon Winchester
The Prelude already offers a wonderful introduction to the strange place that was and is Krakatoa, as Winchester describes two visits he took to that area, separated by about a quarter of century -- during which time the new volcano growing on the remnants of the old one had grown some five hundred feet taller.
Winchester also offers an extensive geology lesson, not stinting here either, introducing plate tectonics and the Wallace Line and the fascinating proof of the shifting earth found in the magnetic alignment of rock samples.
Winchester also makes a big deal about how this was "the first true catastrophe in the world to take place after establishment of a worldwide network of telegraph cables" -- which, while not quite allowing for the instant news of our day, did spread word of what had happened remarkably quickly.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/winchs/krakatoa.htm   (1549 words)

  
 BookPage Interview August 2001: Simon Winchester
Heightening his interest in Smith, no doubt, was the fact that Winchester had studied geology in college "24 hours a day for three years" with the intention of earning his living at it.
Winchester moved to America in 1972 to work as a correspondent for the Guardian, a post he held until 1976.
Winchester has developed a pattern for his histories: "I try to cover the story in a chronological, linear sort of way, but I very deliberately go off in an exuberant way along all the tangents that seem valuable and interesting.
www.bookpage.com /0108bp/simon_winchester.html   (1019 words)

  
 Simon Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester is a writer and regular contributor to magazines and newspapers including Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic.
Alongside Winchester’s robust sense of Britishness goes his affinity with cultures in which the work ethic co-exists with sensuality, as in his many encounters while exploring Korea, Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia.
Winchester’s account of their predecessors, notably Samuel Johnson, and the ever-changing English language itself, is, as in all of his books, well-informed and highly readable.
www.contemporarywriters.com /authors/?p=auth02C22K543212627027   (1503 words)

  
 Simon Winchester
Unlike in Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman, the details of turn of the 19th century geological science seems more to detract from the characterization of Smith rather than add to it.
Winchester tells the story of the monumental task to assemble the Oxford English Dictionary, which took 70 years to define and illustrate more than 400,000 words in twelve volumes.
Winchester does a good job balancing the tragedy of Minor’s condition with the immense good that came of his incarceration: the leisure to work on the dictionary and the impetus to do so.
mysite.verizon.net /~bdfagan/winchester.html   (809 words)

  
 Simon Winchester - An interview with author   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester: Tell me how you think the English language in the way that the OED deliberately allows--welcomes the idea that English is a flexible, constantly expanding, constantly changing language, but the French, the 40 mortals at the Institute in Paris, take quite a different view and regard French as sanctified and fixed.
Simon Winchester: In the old days, you used to have parties in Oxford and you used to--some of the great contributors who like Miner, but not including Miner because he couldn't get away to these parties, they would be invited.
Simon Winchester: It seems to me in the last few years of the 20th century that this is a very rich time for the creation of new words, that there seem to be more words being born nowadays than, let's say, there might have been 50 years ago.
www.bookbrowse.com /author_interviews/full/index.cfm?author_number=176   (4487 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : Lonely Planet Simon Winchester's Calcutta: Livres en anglais: Simon Winchester,Rupert Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
But Winchester pere et fils have put together a book of travel writing that, in essence, says that even if Calcutta is dirty and smelly and chaotic ("a public nightmare," "a truly infernal city"), it still casts a spell over those who stop there.
For this anthology, the Winchesters each write a separate essay on what the city means to them and then, in tandem, supply a 50-page history of Calcutta, which, by their lively language, cannot fail to engage the travel literature lover.
Simon Winchester's Calcutta provides a rare insight into the inspiration writers gain from their love for a special place.
www.amazon.fr /Lonely-Planet-Simon-Winchesters-Calcutta/dp/1740595874   (540 words)

  
 The Meaning of Everything - Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester has previously written about the Oxford English Dictionary, in the bestselling The Surgeon of Crowthorne (US title: The Professor and the Madman), but there his focus was very much on two unusual men who contributed to the making of the OED.
Winchester describes what all went into the making of a single entry, and gives some sense of how arduous the process could be.
Winchester offers nice, small portraits of many associated with the project, from various editors to some of the many volunteers who provided so much of the necessary supporting material.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/winchs/oed2.htm   (1442 words)

  
 Simon Winchester News
Simon Winchester, A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the...
A Crack in the Edge of the World, by Simon Winchester) Though it happened a mere 20 years after Krakatoa, the subject of Winchester's previous geological page-turner, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is...
SANDISFIELD -- Simon Winchester is Forrest Gump with the intellect of Sigmund Freud -- he has witnessed the best and worst of humanity, and he has put it all on paper.
www.topix.net /who/simon-winchester   (533 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : The Fracture Zone: A Return to the Balkans: Livres en anglais: Simon Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester, a British newspaper reporter for 30 years and the author of 13 books (including The Professor and the Madman), has turned his attention to the Balkans, an area he visited years ago on a road trip from Vienna to Istanbul--a journey he retraced in the spring of 1999.
Winchester has spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, but his more recent occupations as historian and a writer for Condé Nast Traveler are in evidence here.
Winchester's angle on the Balkans is unique and well written: those who have been bewildered at best and bored at worst by the Balkan conflict may find that The Fracture Zone captures their interest better than hundreds of news accounts of war atrocities.
www.amazon.fr /Fracture-Zone-Return-Balkans/dp/0060195746   (467 words)

  
 Simon Winchester Conversation
And when you consider that Simon Winchester's book, this current one, is his thirteenth while holding down correspondence jobs with major British newspapers, he receives quite a work (inaudible).
WINCHESTER: Well, I think the short answer to that is that they have been, but the Russians and the Japanese keep throwing up their hands in the air about the appalling nightmarish way they have to deal with the Russian bureaucracy or the Russian mafia or whoever.
WINCHESTER: The wonderful story which many of you may know of Adolphus W. Greely who was a true American hero who took a party of 24 soldiers into the very far northern arctic in 1881.
www.commonwealthnorth.org /transcripts/winchester.html   (8837 words)

  
 Metroactive Books | Simon Winchester
Winchester begins with the rationale behind the OED: English is a constantly evolving language, so a useful dictionary can never be prescriptive, that is, something that just records and catalogues the language, dictating how, where and when a word should be used.
Continuing, Winchester tells how Dean of Westminster Richard Trench first discussed with his peers in the Philological Society the need of a new, all-encompassing dictionary because previous attempts were simply not good enough.
Simon Winchester will be in residence at San Jose State University for the spring semester as the 2004 Lurie Chair in Creative Writing, but fans can catch up with him this week at Kepler's.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.06.03/winchester-0345.html   (472 words)

  
 Swans' Past Commentaries: Book Review of Simon Winchester's "The Fracture Zone: A Return to the Balkans," by Aleksandra ...
As an example of the latter, Winchester cites a scene from Andric's novel where a Christian peasant interfering with the building of a Turkish bridge is impaled on a sharpened stick to serve as example for any other potential saboteurs.
According to Winchester, editors from London and New York would contact their stringers on the ground and demand that they find a young and pretty Albanian refugee speaking passable English, and pregnant after being raped by a Serb paramilitary - and for 200 Deutschmarks a day, there were people who could arrange this.
However, Winchester says fondly, he was clearly having so much fun doing what he did and he was so popular with the local Albanians that it would seem "churlish" to suggest that he was a man who made a living on exploiting human misery.
www.swans.com /library/art6/alekp006.html   (1162 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883: Books: Simon Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester's "Krakatoa" is a crackerjack history of a major natural disaster--the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.
Winchester reaches a bit, and I found some of his arcana to be a bit of a test to get through, though on other occasions (the commercial side of the area's botany), he managed to trigger some interest in topics I never thought I'd find interesting.
Of course, the primary appeal is Winchester's description of the actual eruptions of Krakatoa - all distilled from period news reports, survivor stories, and varied colonial-era governmental and scientific reports, and Winchester manages to synthesize it all of the benefit of the layman, with the efficiency of a great novelist.
www.amazon.com /Krakatoa-World-Exploded-August-1883/dp/0066212855   (3227 words)

  
 Simon Winchester || Harper Collins Publishers
And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait of the region, much of the political strife of the past century can be traced to its inherent contrasts.
With the aid of a guide and linguist, Winchester traveled deep into the region's most troublesome areas -- including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey -- just as the war was tearing these countries apart.
Winchester's remarkable journey puts all the elements together -- the faults, the fractures, and the chaos -- to make sense out of a seemingly senseless place.
www.simonwinchester.com /books/fz_description.html   (216 words)

  
 Amazon.de: The Professor and the Madman: English Books: Simon Winchester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."
Winchester traces the origins of the drive to create a "Big Dictionary" down through Murray and far back into the past; the result is a fascinating compact history of the English language (albeit admittedly more interesting to linguistics enthusiasts than historians or true crime buffs).
Winchester fills out the story with a well-researched mini-history of the OED, a wonderful demonstration of the lexicography of the word "art" and a sympathetic account of Victorian attitudes toward insanity.
www.amazon.de /Professor-Madman-Simon-Winchester/dp/006099486X   (1298 words)

  
 Metroactive Books | Simon Winchester
While Winchester was covering the Falklands War as a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, the Argentine government accused him of being a spy and threw him in jail.
Since Winchester specializes in unearthing forgotten, unsung men and women who've contributed to the human condition without being given their due, his plan after the San Francisco book is to write the story of Evariste Galois, the whiz-kid French mathematician who died in a duel at age 20.
Simon Winchester appears Thursday (March 4) at noon for a conversation and public Q&A at Spartan Memorial Chapel, SJSU.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/03.03.04/winchester-0410.html   (706 words)

  
 Powells.com Interviews - Simon Winchester
Winchester's 1998 bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, told the true story of Dr. W.C. Minor, a convicted murderer who from his book-lined cell at England's Broadmoor Lunatic Criminal Asylum provided more than 10,000 definitions for the Oxford English Dictionary.
Winchester: Yes, and in fact I'm supposed to be on Martha Stewart.
Winchester: In 1996, when I was beginning the Yangtze book, I was beginning to wonder whether publishers would continue to underwrite these trips of mine.
www.powells.com /authors/winchester.html   (3608 words)

  
 Simon Winchester - Annotated Bibliography
Because of the rain, claims Simon, everyone stayed indoors and read the paper seeing David Walton’s praising preview in the New York Times of The Professor and the Madman.
Combining elements of an adventure story, a mystery, and a tragedy The Professor and the Madman became a bestseller and freed Simon Winchester.
In the years since the publication of The Professor and the Madman, each of Winchester’s subsequent books have reached best seller lists and have also been reviewed as favorably (William F. Buckley referred to Winchester’s The Meaning of Everything as “Supremely readable”).
www2.sjsu.edu /depts/english/MFA/simonwinchester   (661 words)

  
 Simon Winchester at the Center for Literary Arts
A nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, Winchester was named Britain’s Journalist of the Year.
Simon Winchester is the 2004 Lurie Chair in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, following Ursula LeGuin, Carolyn Kizer, Al Young, and Molly Giles.
Simon Winchester will also visit Mt. Pleasant High School for a reading and workshop, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2004.
www.litart.org /winchester.htm   (272 words)

  
 Simon Winchester books : Lovereading UK
Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC.
The massive earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco is the basis from which Simon Winchester reveals the elemental story of the earth beneath our feet and why the world does from time to time crack open with such devastating results....
In 1985 Simon Winchester was struck with the idea of visiting the assorted far-flung islands which are all that remain of the British Empire.
www.lovereading.co.uk /author/710   (424 words)

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