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The Concise Dictionary of National Biography: From Earliest Times to 1985
     

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography: From Earliest Times to 1985

by Oxford Staff (Editor)
 

Providing details of over 30,000 lives, the original Dictionary of National Biography was published between 1885 and 1900. This century has seen the addition of over 6,500 further names in Supplements taking the work up to 1985. This wealth of information is contained in shortened versions within the three volumes of the new Concise DNB. Covering British history

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Providing details of over 30,000 lives, the original Dictionary of National Biography was published between 1885 and 1900. This century has seen the addition of over 6,500 further names in Supplements taking the work up to 1985. This wealth of information is contained in shortened versions within the three volumes of the new Concise DNB. Covering British history from the first century AD Roman times to the mid-1980s, the Concise DNB recalls the lives of men and women from all walks of life, including many from the Empire and the Commonwealth. Previous editions of the Concise DNB extended only up to 1970. The inclusion of biographies of those who died between 1971 and 1985 brings the work up to date and the rearrangement of material means that the entire Concise DNB is available in a single chronological sequence for the first time. Providing the essential facts of each person's life in an easy-to-use form, this new edition also includes corrections to a number of entries and an expanded system of cross-references.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The best collection of a nation's past that any civilization has produced."—G. M. Trevelyan

"This great collection of the lives of our times manages to be enchanting to read as well as an indispensable reference book."—The Times (London)

"We cannot do without new volumes of the DNB. Its contribution to knowledge is massive."—Spectator

"As a quick reference book, to check a name, a spelling, a date or some other simple piece of information, it is infinitely more useful than the complete DNB."—Sunday Telegraph

"The Dictionary of National Biography is one of the great scholarly achievements of the Victorian age. As a work of reference the new Concise DNB is of value."— Weekend Telegraph

"A valuable work of reference; it is useful to have the bare cvs of a multitude of men and women throughout British history."—Times Literary Supplement

"Beautifully produced volumes....The printing is exemplary and clear and for the first time it is in alphabetical order throughout...an investment...a joy to own and handle and which will give a lifetime of pleasure and usefulness. In those terms it is the bargain of the year."—Derbyshire Life and Countryside

"This edition will do well on its own in a departmental library or small collection."—College & Research Libraries News

"The Dictionary of National Biography established the standards that all subsequent national biographies have tried to follow."—Wilson Library Bulletin

"As with other books from Oxford, the quality of editing and accuracy of information are extremely high. Recommended for public and academic libraries of all sizes."—Choice

Booknews
The original Dictionary of National Biography was published between 1885 and 1900 and detailed some 30,000 lives. About 6,500 further names have been subsequently added in supplements taking the work up to 1985. This massive body of information is now presented in shortened versions. Covering British history from the first century A.D. Roman times to the mid-1980s, this new edition of the Concise DNB (previous editions extended only up to 1970) briefly profiles the lives of more than 36,000 men and women of diverse origins and walks of life, including many from the Empire and the Commonwealth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198653059
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/22/1992
Pages:
3352
Product dimensions:
15.38(w) x 10.00(h) x 9.75(d)

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