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The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations) Paperback – August 17, 1995
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The entries don't stop there. Writers will find different kinds of hair listed--with alternative suggestions for those, too. So for "oiled hair" they'll find, "greased, slicked, slick, pomaded, brilliantined, plastered, pasted." Authors can choose one, be inspried by one (for a simile or metaphor?), or move on down the list.
When I get into a writing snit, it's often this book to my rescue. The cover of mine is faded, the pages yellowed, the corners tagged.
Firstly, this book never claimed to be a thesaurus. I say this to counter another review that tried comparing the two. Matter-o-fact, I own a Roget's Thesaurus and there is a stark difference. This book is a very good utility for fiction writer's in the sense that it distills much of what the average writer will encounter on his writing journey in terms of: Character descriptions, Location descriptions (houses, buildings etc) et al. Equally important, it has small sections where it shows how some of these words can be used -- and were used by known authors.
There are 1 or 2 commentaries that had a disparaging -- "oh, there's nothing here that you don't already know, unless you're learning English for the 1st time", tone. But in truth, no matter how eclectic your vocabulary might be, there are often times when words/phrases/expressions seem to elude you. Words that are just beyond that foggy mist, in need of a hint to give you that "aha, now I've got it" moment. This book can help get that memory juice going, and maybe even give you a better alternative.
For those with a thesaurus, I can only say that this will help strengthen the quality of that thesaurus. So, I do recommend this book.
It's not quite a thesaurus, per se. But it's a great resource for thumbing through to expand your vocabulary or poking through if you're looking for that just right "obscure word" to describe a given thing or situation.
As others have probably said, an index would be nice. But, c'est la vie. It is what it is. And it is a great book! If you like this book, you'll probably also like The Thinker's Thesaurus or for those preferring things a little more Eldritch: Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon. All great book for wordsmiths, philologists, and men of letters.
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Good but obscure descriptions. No classics or particularly novel ideas.Published 2 months ago by M V Anderson
As a professional writer, I don't write anything without it by my side.Published 5 months ago by Esmund Kerr
Mr. Grambs, you first published this edition in 1995. When do you plan on letting trusting authors know that the heftier parts of your book is somebody else's hard work? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer