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Cassell Companion To Quotations
     

Cassell Companion To Quotations

by Nigel Rees
 

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"...unique reference source...Taking nothing for granted, Nigel Rees, author, broadcaster, and authority on the popular use of language, highlights quotes that are often misremembered and/or misattributed, pinpoints remarks that are misunderstood, and provides background information to explain or clarify quotations...also supplies needed facts and insights, shows

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"...unique reference source...Taking nothing for granted, Nigel Rees, author, broadcaster, and authority on the popular use of language, highlights quotes that are often misremembered and/or misattributed, pinpoints remarks that are misunderstood, and provides background information to explain or clarify quotations...also supplies needed facts and insights, shows how quotes are and have been used and misused over the ages, and often offers inspired speculations as well...Unlike many quotation dictionaries...is very entertaining and browsable. A detailed index of key words...alphabetical organization by last name...Foreign language quotes are presented in their original language and then English...this collection of problematic, elusive, and intriguing quotations appeals to a wide audience. Recommended..."—Booklist.

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Library Journal
A true companion, this reference doesn't just supply quotes in a list by subject but includes extensive explanation of each quote as well. Set up alphabetically by the principally attributed source -- people, publications, films, etc. -- the quotes cover all eras but concentrate primarily on American, British, and European sources. While it is clear at a glance that this work contains far fewer quotations than other references, most listed were chosen because they have usually been attributed incorrectly, misquoted, or lost in the annals of history, and the majority of quotations are accompanied by numerous annotations. Rees (Cassell Dictionary of Clichés, LJ 5/15/97) enlivens the explanations of attribution, provenance, and ascription with witty and charming writing. It's easy to get lost in the book, especially if you're just flipping through. The downside: It's too short; you get greedy for more! Recommended. --Carol Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304351923
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/2000
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.43(d)

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