- Series: Oxford Quick Reference
- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 25, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192830864
- ISBN-13: 978-0192830869
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,638,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (Oxford Quick Reference) Paperback – March 25, 1993
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"A handsome volume, printed clearly, with the browser in mind, and edited with the finest apparatus for reference and cross-reference I have ever seen....Generous in spirit, covering the waggish and the wise and the extremes of high and low culture"--America
"Whether one reads for reference or just browses, this book of over 6,000 memorable selections from a variety of individuals and sources is fascinating fare"--School Library Journal
"Another fine dictionary in the Oxford University Press tradition. It meticulously documents some 5,000 quotations drawn from a variety of sources including songs, advertisements, and book titles....Highly recommended...both as an excellent reference tool and as a book that is fun for browsing."--Choice
"Lively in itself, important as a new reference work....It is all here, in an attractively designed volume."--Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader
"Remarkably diverse."--The Tampa Tribune-Times
About the Author
About the Editor:
Tony Augarde is an editor in the Dictionary Department of Oxford University Press. His previous books include The Oxford Guide to Word Games and The Oxford School Dictionary.
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The format is pretty standard for books of this type. Artists are listed alphabetically, by the names they are known, (Maya Angelou, rather than Maya Johnson, for example). The index uses the standard format of listing the significant words from each quotation, these keywords also listed alphabetically. Then the first few letters of the author's name are shown, along with the page number and the item number of the quote itself. I didn't find any problems with pagination, as did another reviewer, every quote I looked up had an accurate page and item number (perhaps he is dealing with an older edition than I am).
All in all a wonderful book, and an excellent addition to any reference library. Don't hesitate, buy it!
It assembles quotations, mostly 20th century, from literature, politics, and art, more heavily leaning on British and European sources. A foreign language quotation is given in the original and also in translation. The author has worked to get the true author, e.g., when Groucho Marx said, "I'd horsewhip you, if I had a horse," the author is given not as Groucho but as the screenwriter.
Quotations are given in context. Thus instead of simply telling you that Churchill said, "Blood, toil, tears, and sweat," you are given several paragraphs of the speech as Churchill gave it in the House of Commons. This allows you to appreciate the way the speech rhythms develop and flow.
One slight problem is that the pagination in the paperback edition was not changed from the hardback and thus is incorrect; however, it is easy enough to figure out the correct page.