Reverse Symbolism Dictionary: Symbols Listed by Subject

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This is a companion to the hugely successful Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary. The earlier dictionary was arranged by symbol and told what the meanings were. The present work goes the other way (but it is not simply a refiguring of the data). It presents ideas, situations or objects (ancient to modern), and gives the appropriate symbols (allusions, associations, attributes, or emblems). Some examples: one of the symbols for "hell" is descending stairs; an attribute of Saint Benedict is a raven; joy after ...

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Overview

This is a companion to the hugely successful Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary. The earlier dictionary was arranged by symbol and told what the meanings were. The present work goes the other way (but it is not simply a refiguring of the data). It presents ideas, situations or objects (ancient to modern), and gives the appropriate symbols (allusions, associations, attributes, or emblems). Some examples: one of the symbols for "hell" is descending stairs; an attribute of Saint Benedict is a raven; joy after sorrow is symbolized by the gemstone, amber. Literary, artistic, religious, heraldic, numerological, folkloric, occult, psychological, and biblical usages are included.

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Library Journal
Looking for symbols representing conflict? Cunning? Energy? God? Justice? Love? Poison? This dictionary, keyed to compiler Olderr's Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary (McFarland, 1986), lists approximately 5000 such topics and then graphically identifies symbols for them, e.g., symbols for poison include the radish, rattlesnake, and skull and crossbones. The symbols derive from philosophy, art, literature, religion, dreams, flowers, and heraldry, to name a few. Regrettably, Olderr does not include illustrations, nor does he cite historical sources for each symbol--but he does note other symbolism dictionaries in the book's foreword. For larger collections only.-- Ken Kister, author of ``Best Encyclopedias,'' Tampa, Fla.
Booknews
Lists concepts alphabetically, and notes the symbols used to represent them. Under "esoterica," for example, are cited pearls and the letter Y; "knowledge" and "wisdom" are suggested as other sources. Complements Olderr's 1986 Symbolism: A Comprehensive dictionary, which is frontwise. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421251
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Steven Olderr is a professional librarian living in Oak Park, Illinois.

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