New International Dictionary of Quotations, 3rd Edition

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This pocket-sized volume contains over 4,000 quotations of speakers, writers, entertainers, politicians, scientists, athletes, poets, and pundits throughout history. With over 400 quotes new to this edition, this is the largest, easiest to use, most up-to-date compilation in mass market form.

Now enlarged to include over 400 new key quotations, this guide provides the best quotations of all time, arranged alphabetically by subject to meet the needs of contemporary ...

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Overview


This pocket-sized volume contains over 4,000 quotations of speakers, writers, entertainers, politicians, scientists, athletes, poets, and pundits throughout history. With over 400 quotes new to this edition, this is the largest, easiest to use, most up-to-date compilation in mass market form.

Now enlarged to include over 400 new key quotations, this guide provides the best quotations of all time, arranged alphabetically by subject to meet the needs of contemporary readers, writers, and speakers. Includes more than 4,000 quotes, this reference features extensive annotations and cross references.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The compilers of this book did not seek to compete with other, encyclopedic collections of quotes but to provide in compact form an easily accessible stock of quotations to ``satisfy most needs of most contemporary users of English.'' The arrangement is alphabetical by subject (with an author index), but some of the topics are too broad or confusing to be useful to busy reference librarians (e.g., ``There aren't any embarrassing questions, only embarrassing answers'' is found under ``Press, the''). Some quotes are followed by editorial comments regarding attribution or others examples of the same phrase. Public libraries may want to consider. Anne Washburn, Julius C. Smith Law Lib., Greensboro, N.C.
School Library Journal
YA The aim of this volume is to ``distill the most memorable words of the past with a view to the concerns of the present.'' The most memorable are not necessarily the ``best'' words in a literary sense, but are the words that capture the ideas common throughout history. The book is international in scope, and the 3500 quotes come from ancient times to the present day. Because of the latter, there are quotes from more politicians, athletes, entertainers, women, and Americans than in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Little, 1980), The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Oxford University Pr, 1979), or Tripp's International Thesaurus of Quotations (Crowell, 1970). The main text is organized by subject (containing cross-references) and listed alphabetically, with the principal topics printed in boldface along the left margin. Within subject categories, quotations are arranged alphabetically by author. Quotes are followed by the source, often including additional information within brackets. Student writers and speakers will find this a useful reference, whereas browsers will find much food for thought, as well as humor. Mary Wadsworth Sucher, Baltimore County Reading Services
Zom Zoms
Rawson and Miner have revised and enlarged their highly selective "New International Dictionary of Quotations" ["RBB" O 1 86] by the inclusion of 400 new quotations. The second edition of this user-friendly source includes almost 4,000 quotations (compared with 22,500 in "Bartlett's") from ancient times to the present. Most of the selections are familiar--from the Bible, Shakespeare, other famous writers, statesmen, and celebrities, as well as the wise and prolific anonymous. Quotations are arranged by subject, most of which a reader would expect, from accomplishment, action, advertising, advice to women and men, work and workers, the end of the world, and youth. Numerous "see" and "see also" reference are provided, for example, ""Government" see also Diplomacy; High Position; Rulers and Leaders; Law; Lawyers; Politics; Security; Taxes; Tyranny and Totalitarianism." Under subjects, quotations are arranged alphabetically by author and are followed by the source, identified usually just by author and title but with more specificity for the Bible and Shakespeare. The editors often add variants or information on the context, for example, "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.--Franklin D. Roosevelt, referring to Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua, cited by William Pfaff in "The New Yorker", May 27, 1985. Following the practice of the first edition, the author index notes keywords and phrases, particularly helpful for such extensively quoted authors as Shakespeare. Birth and death dates of authors also are supplied The faults of the Rawson and Miner work are its selectivity and lack of a keyword index. But, as the introduction promises, "it brings together in compact, easily accessible form the basic stock of quotations that will satisfy most needs of most contemporary users of English" at a reasonable price. Recommended as a supplementary purchase for libraries.
Booknews
The editors have worked together on and other references. In this small (4x6.75<">) mass market paperback they pack an intelligent selection of some 4,000 quotations from speakers and writers past and present, arranged alphabetically by subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451199638
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 963,369
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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