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Name Dropping: Darwinian Struggles, Oedipal Feelings, and Kafkaesque Ordeals
     

Name Dropping: Darwinian Struggles, Oedipal Feelings, and Kafkaesque Ordeals

by Philip Gooden
 

Have you ever had a Hitchcockian experience (in the shower, perhaps?) or met someone with a distinctly Ortonesque outlook on life? What exactly do we mean when we describe a scene as Dickensian, or when we call a politician’s style Churchillian or Thatcherite? What would you call a romantic, brooding, dangerous, and untamed person? Heathcliffian? Byronesque?

Overview

Have you ever had a Hitchcockian experience (in the shower, perhaps?) or met someone with a distinctly Ortonesque outlook on life? What exactly do we mean when we describe a scene as Dickensian, or when we call a politician’s style Churchillian or Thatcherite? What would you call a romantic, brooding, dangerous, and untamed person? Heathcliffian? Byronesque? How about a situation that is nightmarish, torturously bureaucratic, and impossible to escape from? Kafkaesque, maybe? Is Nixonian or Gandalf-like part of your vocabulary? There are hundreds of words derived from real people who are famous—-or infamous—-enough to give their stamp to a movement, a way of thinking or acting, a style or even a mood.

Name Dropping is the essential guide to the better known or more intriguing of these terms from figures in politics, sports, and the arts, as well as history and the classics. It is both for those readers looking for definitions or simply browsing for pleasure. Entries are alphabetically listed with full explanations, examples from the press, guidance on usage, and a Pretentiousness Index that ranks items on the spectrum from familiarity to obscurity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312377397
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 8.13(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Philip Gooden read English at Oxford and taught for many years. His other publications include Who’s Whose: A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words and Faux Pas: A No-Nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases From Other Languages. Gooden is also the author of the Nick Revill series, historical mysteries set around Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He is the winner of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union’s English Language Award for 2006 and lives in London.

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