Adonis to Zorro: Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

Hardcover | October 22, 2010

byAndrew Delahunty, Sheila Dignen

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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 cunning crook is an Artful Dodger, a daydreamer is like Billy Liar, apowerful woman is a modern-day Amazon - we can suffer like Sisyphus, fail like Canute, or linger like the smile of the Cheshire Cat. This absorbing and accessible A-Z explains the meanings of allusions in modern English, from Adonis 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. For thethird edition all entries have been reviewed, revised, and thoroughly updated to ensure the consistency of coverage of allusions and references. New to this edition is the inclusion within each entry of a short summary definition for the allusion or reference, ideal for quick reference, and at leastone illustrative citation from a wide range of source materials in almost every entry: from Aldous Huxley to Philip Roth, Emily Bronte to The Guardian Unlimited.. A useful thematic index allows searching for allusions related to a specific topic, e.g. at Intelligence find Aristotle, Einstein, andSpock, and at Hair find Medusa, Samson, and Shirley Temple.Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion is both a useful and user-friendly reference work for students of English Literature and Language, as well as for non-native English speakers for aid with unusual references, and an absorbing volume for all lovers of literature and culture ingeneral.

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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 cunning crook is an Artful Dodger, a daydreamer is like Billy Liar, apowerful woman is a modern-day Amazon - we can suf...

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen are freelance lexicographers with many years' experience in writing dictionaries and other reference works. They have worked on a wide range of books including dictionaries for adults, children, and ELT. Sheila's recent publications include the Longman Business English Dictionary (2000), the Oxford...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019956745X

ISBN - 13:9780199567454

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"A brilliantly organized handbook of names, places and phrases...A highly readable text" --Choice