Author: Keay, Julia
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: As New
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
New book, 269 pages.The bizarre and fascinating story of Alexander Cruden, compiler of Cruden's Concordance - a 2.5 million word dictionary of quotations and gazetteer to the Bible, four times longer than the Bible itself, which remains in use to this day, nearly 300 year later. Despite the magnitude of his achievement, Alexander Cruden is remembered less for his mighty work than for the widespread belief he was mad. Cast into a lunatic assylum as a young man following a scandal considered too shocking to reveal, his life presents and odd juxtaposition of biblical scholarship and the spectres of intrigue, incest and insanity. Subsequent generations have accepted the diagnosis of Cruden as mad, but Julia Keay has a last uncovered a scandal, revealing the true (though no less tragic) story of his repeated incarcerations, and restoring the reputation of this lonely and misunderstood genius.