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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Hardcover – November 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199237173 ISBN-10: 0199237174 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
  • Hardcover: 1155 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199237174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199237173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review from previous edition: "A glorious treasure-house for browsers" --Times Literary Supplement

"Every home should have a copy" --Sunday Telegraph

"Invaluable" --The Times

"Still the best" --The Independent

"I could re-read it over and over again and never grow bored, for its pages contain all the insight of a library" --Daily Mail

About the Author


A historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Elizabeth Knowles has had a long association with Oxford Quotations Dictionaries. As well as the 5th and 6th editions of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999, 2004), her editorial credits include the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2nd edition, 2005), 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).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JABacchetta on May 30, 2013
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First off, if you're only in search of short, witty one-liners, this probably isn't the book for you. While the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations does actually do a pretty good job of including only significant quotes, the book is enormous and can be a bit intimidating for anyone looking for a casual read.

I personally purchased the book to serve as one of many sources for quotes being added to the directory at Quotery.com, and for that purpose the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations is one of the best references for quotes in existence. It includes detailed context for quotes when necessary, and also has accurate dates and cross-references to other quotes provided in the same book.

It should also be mentioned that the presentation of this book is quite nice, from the cover to the fonts and the built-in bookmark ribbons. You can tell they spent some time dressing it up, unlike similar quotation books (e.g. The Yale Book of Quotations).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart H. Galesburg on February 8, 2010
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No matter what your occupation, a novel, motivating, approproe, stimulating, catchy, quote, which is short, meaningful, to the point, can be found in this book. Today I find that most writing in whatever forum is boring and the same literary boundries. This book gives you a good quote, the author of it, and you decide when and how to use it! Glad I bought it and would recommend.
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When writing, I like to start chapters with appropriate to the subject quotes. This does it--so I sent a copy to my grandaughter
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- an excellent reference book:
- comprehensive, as well as enjoyable to consult:
- it suits my purposes as the writer of a particularly "classical" novel.
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