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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: 60 volumes
     

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: 60 volumes

by H. C. G. Matthew (Editor), Brian Harrison (Editor), H. C. Matthew (Editor)
 

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000, from the ancient (explorer Pytheas of the 4th Century BC) to the modern (Princess Diana). For this new edition, all 36,000 lives from the first

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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000, from the ancient (explorer Pytheas of the 4th Century BC) to the modern (Princess Diana). For this new edition, all 36,000 lives from the first edition have been completely rewritten or revised-with over 13,500 new biographies added representing all historical periods and including 3,000 new entries on women.

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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is fascinating reading and will prove useful to researchers in many disciplines. The online version provides extremely powerful tools for searching. The ODNB is an important purchase for most academic libraries and large public libraries.—Booklist Top of the List 2005!

"The benefits for researchers, students, and those generally interested in the history and culture of the English-speaking world are manifest....It is hard to imagine any library with online resources documenting English history, literature, language, and culture not wanting to acquire this work. Its breath, depth, and flexibility make it very much the peer of its distinguished Oxford cousin, the OED Online." — College & Research Libraries News

"This will be the prestige acquisition of any library, and the ultimate listing in any bibliography. When it comes to hefty projects, Oxford is the uncontested winner." —Richmond Times Dispatch

"The greatest innovation in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is its online edition....With the ODNB, sophisticated internet-based publishing has definitively entered the mainstream. This is a resources you can use and enjoy, not just experiment with."—The New Criterion

"It will surely be one of the great publishing achievements of this century....The editors of this entirely new edition have retained the best features of the original, and they've accomplished the extraordinary: their work, on nearly every level, outshines it predecessor....A publisher responsible for this tour de force and the Oxford English Dictionary is doing God's work."—The Atlantic Monthly

"It's nice to feel thrilled again about a new electronic product — I'd almost forgotten the frisson of excitement when something really hot hits the market. That the DNB is hot is an understatement....The amount of information is staggering, and the quality is superb....Researchers at all levels will be well served by this file, and librarians will be utterly beguiled... One of the neatest features here (and it nicely illustrates how well OUP "gets it" when it comes to how online research is done) is the online citing....A perfect ten....Resoundingly recommended for all libraries and individual researchers."—Library Journal

"The publishing achievement of the year — maybe of the decade. This is a work which makes superlatives superfluous."—The New York Times

"The fall reference publication with by far the most muscle"—Booklist

"The printed pantheon of Britons great and small, and of those who influenced them."—The Los Angeles Times

"There is a fascination and scholarship in equal measure to be found on every single page of this extraordinary endeavour....The Oxford DNB brings the figures of our national story into sharp focus, brilliantly illuminating the darkest corners of our remarkable past."—Simon Winchester, author of The Meaning of Everything

"Local and family historians throughout the land will turn to the Oxford DNB as the first source of information about fellow parishioners or ancestors who achieved national fame."—David Hey, Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History, The University of Sheffield

"An essential research tool for scholars working not only on the cultural, political, literary and artistic history of Britain but also on any aspect of the British contribution to European and world history."—Jill Kray, Librarian, Warburg Institute, London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198614111
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/23/2004
Edition description:
60 Volume Set
Pages:
61792
Product dimensions:
16.00(w) x 18.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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