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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

By Elizabeth Knowles (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 1168 pages, 8th Revised Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2014
The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was published in 1941 and for over 70 years this bestselling book has remained unrivalled in its coverage of quotations past and present. The eighth edition is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning the centuries and providing the ultimate answer to the question, 'Who said that?' Find that half-remembered line in a browser's paradise of over 20,000 quotations, comprehensively indexed for ready reference. Lord Byron may have taken the view: 'I think it great affectation not to quote oneself', but for the less self-centred the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations provides a quote for every occasion from the greatest minds of history and from undistinguished characters known only for one happy line.Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and unique language monitoring, over 700 new quotations have been added to this eighth edition from authors ranging from St Joan of Arc and Coco Chanel to Albrecht Durer and Thomas Jefferson. New sayings from across the ages include 'It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish' (the classical writer Heraclitus), 'Fight on, and God will give the Victory' (the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison), and 'The future is already here--it's just not evenly distributed' (the writer William Gibson).

Table of Contents

Introduction to the eighth edition ; History of the Dictionary ; Introduction to the first edition ; How to use this work ; Quotations ; Index

About the Author

Elizabeth Knowles is a historical lexicographer who worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (1993) and was Editor of the 5th, 6th, and 7th editions of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999, 2004, 2009). Her other editorial credits include the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3rd edition, 2007), What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations (2006), and the Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2009). She is a contributor to The History of Oxford University Press (2013).

Reviews

Where else would you find over 20,000 quotations, covering centuries, every subject, with wit, wisdom and food for thought? * Sue Magee, Book Bag * It can be browsed endlessly, with each quotation delivering something different. When I first looked at this edition I'd found three quotations which my husband had to know about by the time I got to the bottom of page two - and he agreed. * Sue Magee, Book Bag * The misquotations section has helpfully grown since the millennium from thirty-four to fifty-seven entries. It is still possible to learn things from leafing through these pages * Michael Caines, The Times Literary Supplement * good browsing entertainment * Times Literary Supplement, Michael Caines * excellent value * Network review *

EAN: 9780199668700
ISBN: 0199668701
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 24.08 x 18.06 x 6.45 centimetres (2.09 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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