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The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill

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Winston S. Churchill often used proverbs in his many speeches, correspondence, and other writings. This book is a detailed index to proverbs in his works. An introductory essay explores the importance of proverbs in Churchill's writings. The essay is followed by an index to proverbs, based on the most significant key-word. Each entry cites the source of the proverb in an edition of Chruchill's works and provides a reference to standard proverb dictionaries for future ...

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Overview

Winston S. Churchill often used proverbs in his many speeches, correspondence, and other writings. This book is a detailed index to proverbs in his works. An introductory essay explores the importance of proverbs in Churchill's writings. The essay is followed by an index to proverbs, based on the most significant key-word. Each entry cites the source of the proverb in an edition of Chruchill's works and provides a reference to standard proverb dictionaries for future information.

Winston S. Churchill's leading role on the 20th-century world stage is perhaps better documented than that of any other participant. He is the subject of the most extensive biography yet written, and all his speeches, many of his occasional writings, and much of his correspondence have been published. Proverbs figure prominently in his work, and this book provides a detailed index to the many proverbs Churchill used in his voluminous writings.

The book begins with an introductory essay that discusses and analyzes the importance of proverbs in Churchill's works. The bulk of the volume is a key-word index to the occurrence of proverbs in his writings, with the proverbs arranged according to the most significant word in the text. The quotation from Churchill is accompanied by a citation to the source in one of the editions of his works consulted. Each entry also provides a reference to a standard proverb dictionary, which the readers may consult to learn more about the history of the proverb. Appendices overview the frequency and distribution of proverbs in Churchill's writings.

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Perhaps while waiting for the job market to look up, a folklorist and a theater historian combed 40,000 pages of the English leader's speeches and writings to cull references to proverbs and arrange them under headings of key words. Under Jew, for example, readers can learn that in 1952 he agreed with the old saying that if three Jews are together, two are prime ministers and the other is leader of the opposition. Other gems mention ninepins, empire, judgement, stumbling block, and money. An appendix lists the proverbial texts by the frequency with which he employed them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

WOLFGANG MIEDER is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. His many books include A Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992), Proverbs are Never out of Season (1993), The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill (Greenwood, 1995), The Politics of Proverbs (1997), and numerous others. He is also the editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship.

GEORGE B. BRYAN is Professor of Theatre at the University of Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Preface

How to Use This Book

Winston S. Churchill and the Proverb

Churchill Editions Consulted

Key-Word Index to Winston S. Churchill's Proverbs, Proverbial Expressions, and Proverbial Comparisons

Appendix

Table I: Distribution in Individual Volumes

Table II: Distribution in Comprehensive Volumes

Table III: Frequency of Proverbial Texts

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