Brewer's Curious Titles: The Fascinating Stories Behind More Than 1500 Famous Titles

Brewer's Curious Titles: The Fascinating Stories Behind More Than 1500 Famous Titles

by Ian Crofton

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Brewer's Curious Titles: The Fascinating Stories Behind More Than 1500 Famous Titles by Ian Crofton

Find the origins of obscure titles of over 1,500 films, novels, plays, paintings, and musical compositions. Some are humorous or ironic, others risqué or purposely baffling. "All Quiet on the Western Front" is an ironic reference to blacked-out news reports while thousands of soldiers were dying. "Hobson's Choice," a 1916 play, comes from liveryman Thomas Hobson (c.1544-1631) who always offered customers the horse nearest the door of the stable, and no other. A "Yankee Doodle" comes from the Dutch pejorative, a Jan Kees (John Cheese), meaning an arrogant fellow. See how many films and books you can list with insects in the title, or that start with "I Was a..." or "I Married a...". Then see how many you missed.

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ISBN-13: 9780304361304
Publisher: Cassell Reference
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.18(h) x 2.04(d)

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