The Book of Who?

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More than a straightforward onomasticon, The Book of Who? is an essential reference source for all enquiring minds, puzzle solvers, quiz buffs and general browsers.

Dracula, Greyfriars Bobby, Robinson Crusoe, Lady Godiva, Mata Hari, Dick Turpin, Dick Whittington, Frank Winfield Woolworth, and Xantippe are just some of the bedfellows in this quirky and amusing guide.

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Overview

More than a straightforward onomasticon, The Book of Who? is an essential reference source for all enquiring minds, puzzle solvers, quiz buffs and general browsers.

Dracula, Greyfriars Bobby, Robinson Crusoe, Lady Godiva, Mata Hari, Dick Turpin, Dick Whittington, Frank Winfield Woolworth, and Xantippe are just some of the bedfellows in this quirky and amusing guide.

Part 1 is an alphabetical arrangement not only of people real (Beethoven, Napoleon and George Washington) and imaginary (Rufus T. Flywheel, Walter Mitty, Bill Sikes), but also of pseudonyms (Cary Grant, Dr Seuss) and generic characters (The Man in Black, John Doe, The Barber in Peru).

Part 2 groups names and gives further information to put them into context; here you will find Dickensian and Shakespearean characters, Presidents of the USA, Nobel Prizewinners, and a host of others in their contexts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904919223
  • Publisher: Booksales
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Acknowledgements 6
Abbreviations 7
Part 1 A-Z 9
Part 2 The groups 107
Fine arts 107
Painting 107
Royal Academicians 107
Saintly themes in painting 109
Literature - Classical 120
Greek and Roman classical mythology 120
Who's who in classical mythology 121
Literature - Modern 136
Booker Prizewinners 136
Twentieth-century English-language writers 137
Dickens characters 146
Some important Science Fiction writers of modern times 156
Who was really who in literature? 165
Poets who died young 167
Poets laureate 168
Nobel laureate winners of the prize for literature 169
Music 172
Composers 172
Some Jazz musicians 180
Singing voices 183
Theatre 184
Shakespeare's players 184
The plays of Shakespeare 184
Shakespearean characters 186
Film 208
Oscars - multiple winners 208
Useful arts 212
Architects 212
The first Channel swimmers 215
Collectors and their collectables 216
Classical cooks and commentators on cookery 219
Fashion eponyms 223
Gardeners and gardening writers of yesteryear - with some of their works 227
Pub names 228
Government 229
English/British monarchs 229
Kings and Queens of Scots 1016-1603 234
Monarchs of Wales 235
British royal posts 236
Prime Ministers of Britain 239
Speakers of the British House of Commons 241
Presidents of the United States of America 242
Nobel Peace Prizewinners 244
Modes of address 248
Some political scandals - a sample... 253
Spiritual 262
Occult leaders 262
Some important twentieth-century philosophers 265
Who's who in the major religions of the world 268
Scientific and technical 277
Names of hurricanes 277
Medical pioneers 277
Some modern astronomers, cosmologists and physicists 286
Technologists who made the modern world 293
Scientific eponyms 302
Some eponymous wheels from the age of the horse 306
People 307
Famous families 307
Know your Mitfords... 310
Some famous mistresses 311
Who's who in cockney rhyming slang? 316
Twits, oafs, louts and lowlife 318
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