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Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

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Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

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The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions
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Allusions form a colourful extension to the English language, drawing on our collective knowledge of literature, mythology, and the Bible to give us a literary shorthand for describing people, places, and events. So a miser is a Scrooge, a strong man is a Samson or a Hercules, a beautiful woman is a Venus or a modern-day Helen of Troy - we can suffer like Sisyphus, fail like Canute, or linger like the smile of the Cheshire Cat. This absorbing reference work explains the meanings of allusions in modern English, from Abaddon to Zorro, Tartarus to Tarzan, and Rubens to Rambo. Fascinating to browse through, the book is based on an extensive reading programme that has identified the most commonly-used allusions. Quotations are included in most entries to illustrate usage, from a range of authors and sources, from Thomas Hardy to Ben Elton, Charles Dickens to Bridget Jones's Diary. For this new second edition the most up-to-date allusions from Gollum to Kofi Annan have been added, and a handy A-Z order has been adopted for extra ease of reference.

Table of Contents

Introduction; A-Z Dictionary of Allusions

Author Biography

Andrew Delahunty is a dictionary editor who has worked on many highly regarded reference volumes. He, Sheile Dignen and Penelope Stock are freelance lexicographers.
Release date Australia
November 10th, 2005
Contributors
Edited by Andrew Delahunty Edited by Penelope Stock Edited by Sheila Dignen
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
2nd Revised edition
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
480
Dimensions
129x196x29
ISBN-13
9780198609193
Product ID
1808571

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