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The Concise Oxford dictionary of quotations
Knowles, Elizabeth (Elizabeth M.)
Revised fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
547 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
At head of cover title: The answer to who said what, why, and when.
Added Title:
Dictionary of quotations.
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Now based on the highly acclaimed fifth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this new edition maintains its extensive coverage of literary and historical quotations, and contains completely up-to-date material from today's influential literary and cultural figures. This is the mostauthoritative paperback dictionary of quotations available. A fascinating read and an essential reference tool, it contains over 9,000 quotations from more than 2,500 authors.An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors, while the appendix material, including Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans, offers further topics of interest.'When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London'Bette Midler'A slave's condition; not to say what one thinks'Euripides

Author Notes

Elizabeth Knowles has been Managing Editor of Oxford Quotations Dictionaries since 1993 and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked for ten years on the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

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Library Journal Review

Based on the fifth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, published in 1999 and also edited by Knowles, this shortened version of that classic (and an update of the third edition, which came out in 1997) reflects its richness and range even though it contains half the number of quotations found in the original. What's more, it extends the coverage to new categories, such as advertising slogans, film lines, political sayings and slogans, cartoon captions, and misquotations. These include, for example, Hillary Rodham Clinton's "I am not standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette" and Woody Allen's "I recently turned 60. Practically a third of my life is over." Entries are arranged alphabetically by authors (totaling 2500), who come from all historical time periods, and within these entries quotations (totaling 9000) are arranged by literary genre (e.g., plays, poems, novels); in the case of a voluminous author like Shakespeare, quotations are arranged by titles of his works. Significant words from each quotation appear in the excellent keyword index, allowing quotations or parts of them to be easily traced. Appendixes separately list catchphrases, film taglines, last words, newspaper headlines, political slogans, and misquotations. This little paperback is a very potent, portable, and quick reference that proves superior to similar sources (e.g., Collins Quotation Finder, 2002) because of its diversity, powerful index, consistent design, and reasonable price. Recommended for libraries of all types and sizes, whether or not they own previous editions of this reference or its more expensive and extensive parent version.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Quotationsp. 1
Indexp. 347
Sayings and Slogansp. 533
Advertising slogansp. 533
Cartoon captionsp. 534
Catchphrasesp. 535
Film linesp. 537
Last wordsp. 538
Misquotationsp. 542
Modern sayings and slogansp. 543
Newspaper headlines and leadersp. 544
Official advicep. 544
Political sayings and slogansp. 545
Taglines for filmsp. 546
Telegramsp. 547