[INDOLOGY] The Professor and the Madman

Jarrod Whitaker whitakjl at wfu.edu
Wed Feb 3 17:10:49 UTC 2016

For a little levity on this rainy east coast day...

 From Simon Winchester, /The Professor and the Madman/ (about the 
history of the Oxford English Dictionary), p. 109:

And Herbert Coleridge's early death slowed matters down even more. He 
died after only two years at work, at the age of thirty-one, not even 
halfway through looking at the quotations of words beginning with A. He 
had been caught in the rain on the way to a Philological Society 
lecture, and he had sat through it in the unheated upstairs room on St. 
James's Square, caught a chill, and died. His last recorded words were: 
"I must begin Sanskrit tomorrow."

Stay dry, fellow Sanskritists, stay dry.


Jarrod Whitaker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Graduate Program Director,
Department for the Study of Religions.

Faculty, Department of Women's,
Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7212
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
whitakjl at wfu.edu
p 336.758.4162

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