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Cassell's humorous quotations
Rees, Nigel, 1944-
Publication Information:
London : Cassell ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States of America by Sterling Pub. Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
543 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Cassell dictionary of humorous quotations. 1998.

Includes index.
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Cassell dictionary of humorous quotations.
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PN6084.H8 C37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Who told novelist H.G. Wells ""It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you waggle your ears?"" (J.M Barrie, author of "Peter Pan"). Which star stated, ""An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening"?" (Marlon Brando). Whatever the subject, someone said something wise, witty, sarcastic, or silly about it. These thousands of quotations, arranged thematically, will roll over everything you ever took too seriously. Now greatly expanded

Author Notes

Nigel Rees is the author of over fifty books. He is the deviser and presenter of BBC Radio's Quote ... Unquote, through which he has become an authority on the popular use of language in slogans, catchphrases, cliches, idioms and quotations

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Choice Review

"Richly entertaining," this collection of more than "5,000 quotations embracing a wealth of comic utterances of all types" was gathered during the 25 years Rees spent writing and presenting the BBC Radio's Quote...Unquote. Rees hopes to distinguish his work from the plethora of humorous quotation books published over the last two years by including a large selection of quotes "not necessarily humorous in themselves but on the subject of humor, comedy and wit." He was also careful to provide a source for every quotation to avoid settling for "attributed to" references. Easy to browse, Cassell's quotes are arranged under 1,200 thematic headings. A comprehensive index makes it easy for researchers to locate "half-remembered lines." A welcome addition to literature and ready-reference collections, this work complements The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (2nd ed., CH, Jun'02) and The Random House Treasury of Humorous Quotations (1996). Highly recommended. B. L. Robinson-Jones Chicago Public Library

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
The Dictionaryp. 11
Indexp. 805