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The Cassell dictionary of anecdotes
Rees, Nigel, 1944-
Publication Information:
London : Cassell ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 307 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN6162 .C288 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A collection of over 1000 stories under 400 keyword headings that embrace themes as diverse as absent-mindedness, heckling, resignations and windbags. The anecdotes feature a host of famous names from all walks of life and from all periods of history - monarchs and mistresses, peers and presidents, composers and comedians - each of them presented in a light that is not always flattering but in some way revelatory.

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Library Journal Review

Cassell here offers two serviceable additions to the speaker's reference shelf. The Cassell Dictionary of Anecdotes features over 1000 stories arranged alphabetically under 400 subject headings. The index provides further subject access, particularly to the people (usually famous) referred to in the stories, but does not include the sources of the anecdotes. Rees (Cassell Dictionary of Humorous Quotations) uses his years of lexicological experience to good effect, augmenting his pithy, humorous renditions of the stories with footnotes examining versions attributed to other people. While Americans and other nationalities are represented, British personalities do predominate. The Cassell Dictionary of Regrettable Quotations shares the British slant, but Milsted (Xenophile's Guide to the English) does not have Rees's ear for phrasing. He describes this work as "the thinking person's bathroom book," and many of the rash predictions and bald-faced lies he has collected have flat and awkward wording that would not work well with a listening audience. Milsted has arranged over 1500 entries under 250 subject headings with ample See also references. The index lists the sources and subjects (again, usually famous people) of the quotations. A livelier alternative to Milsted's book is the series by Ross and Kathryn Petras beginning with The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said (Main Street, 1993).DVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.