Here is a delightful and instructive compendium of the most memorable utterances of the world's most quotable writers. The Oxford Book of Literary Quotations covers all aspects of the literary life, from careful assessments of the relative value of literature ("The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight," Gabriel Garcia Marquez) to the modest wish for an attentive audience ("The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole LIFE to reading my works," James Joyce) to appreciative remarks about their fellow writers ("Gertrude Stein and me are just like brothers," Ernest Hemingway), to reflections on the thrill of publishing ("Being published by the Oxford University Press is rather like being married to a duchess: the honour is almost greater than the pleasure," G.M. Young), and much, much more.
Celebrating over 3,000 years of writing, the dictionary's 4,000 quotations are arranged thematically, allowing the reader to dip easily into a chosen topic. Within each topic, the entries are arranged chronologically by author. So, for the section of Earning a Living, we begin with Horace, writing in the first century B.C. and end with A. S. Byatt, writing in 1995. Full keyword and author indexes ensure that a favorite quotation or author can be located quickly. From Drink and Drugs to Writer's Block, from Love to Literary Theory, from Admiration and Praise to Rivalry and Rejection, The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations brings us the wittiest, most profound, most surprising, and most memorable words of the world's greatest writers on all aspects of their lives and work.
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Peter Kemp is Literary Editor for the Sunday Times and is also a book reviewer for the TLS. He has written books on Muriel Spark and H. G. Wells.
This latest quotation dictionary lives up to Oxford's high standard. Kemp is the literary editor of the Sunday Times and a Times Literary Supplement critic. His compilation of over 4000 literary quotes fills a gap in reference literature, containing nearly 1000 more entries than Meic Stephens's A Dictionary of Literary Quotations (Routledge, 1990). It also provides the added convenience of listing quotations alphabetically both by theme ("Writers World," e.g., Ballads, Horror & the Gothic) and by author ("Writers and Their Works"). Within both the thematic and author sections, quotes are arranged chronologically, with the source and date of the quote cited. The majority of the quotations are listed in the thematic section; authors in the "Writers & Their Works" section consist primarily of well-known figures from 19th- and 20th-century literature (e.g., Jane Austen, Charles Lamb, William Wordsworth). Two indexes, by author and by keyword, provide additional access. Highly recommended for academic and public reference collections.?Lois Hope Cherepon, St. John's Univ., Staten Island, NY
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0192800906
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0192800906