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The new Penguin dictionary of modern quotations
Andrews, Robert, 1957-
Publication Information:
London, England : New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 588 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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PN6081 .N498 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations contains over 10,000 quotations from 1914 to the present. It is the most up-to-date, inclusive and international collection obtainable. As well as featuring all the key quotations, it contains many that have not been published in any quotations book before. They have been chosen for their aptness and insightfulness, and for being representative of the author's style and thought.

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Library Journal Review

In the near or distant future, will people want a quote from Monica Lewinsky? The singer Bjork? The actor Brad Pitt? These are some of the people whose quotations are included here by Andrews (editor of many other quotation books, including Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations). This new dictionary contains 8000 quotes and takes the year 1914 as its starting point. Though many of the people quoted are standard fare, such as Einstein, Gandhi, and Gorbachev, others are figures from contemporary popular culture, including rap and country music singers, cartoonists, and sports figures. The emphasis is on social and cultural subjects, although political, economic, and scientific topics are included. The dictionary is organized alphabetically by speaker and includes a pithy biographical note for each; individual quotes are then arranged chronologically. A thematic index and a keyword index provide access by topic or word. Unfortunately, the keyword index has problems. For instance, you can look for quotes about Princess Diana using both the words "princess" and "Diana" and never be aware of the three quotes by her brother, Charles Spencer, even though one begins with "Princess Diana" in brackets and another says "Diana" in the text. Fun to browse but an optional purchase for most libraries. Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Andrews arranges 8,000 quotations of the modern age (1914 to the present) in alphabetical order by originator, Abbott to Zappa, and in chronological order for multiple quotes by the same person. Gleaned from such sources as political speeches, film scripts, advertising copy, television, and literature, the quotes intend to define, elucidate, entertain, and explain. Witty to weighty, some quotes are very familiar and others are rare, but all are part of our culture. A unique feature is a brief biography of each originator, which places quotes in context. Extensive indexing provides access by theme or keyword. A table of themes appears under broad categories (belief, culture, law and disorder, politics, sports). Andrews has compiled several other books of quotations, including The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (CH, Mar'94). This book will appeal to college reference departments in need of modern quotes as well as to lovers of words and trivia. K. F. Muther emeritus, California State University, Sacramento