The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill

The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill

by Wolfgang Mieder
     
 

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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313294334
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/18/1995
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in World History Series, #38
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

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