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Books: Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion: Delahunty, Dignen

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Subject: Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion: Delahunty, Dignen
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Title: Oxford Dictionary of Reference and AllusionSubtitle: Third EditionPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Andrew DelahuntyAuthor: Sheila Dignen

Paperback: ISBN: 9780199567461 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 18.95


Allusions are a marvelous literary shorthand. A miser is a Scrooge, a strongman a Samson, a beautiful woman a modern-day Helen of Troy. From classicalmythology to modern movies and TV shows, this revised and updated thirdedition explains the meanings of more than 2,000 allusions in use in modernEnglish, from Abaddon to Zorro, Tartarus to Tarzan, and Rambo to Rubens. Basedon an extensive reading program that has identified the most commonly usedallusions, this fascinating volume includes numerous quotations to illustrateusage, drawn from sources ranging from Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens toBridget Jones's Diary. In addition, the dictionary includes a useful thematicindex, so that readers not only can look up Medea to find out how her name isused as an allusion, but also can look up the theme of "Revenge" and find,alongside Medea, entries for other figures used to allude to revenge, such asThe Furies or The Count of Monte Cristo.

Hailed by Library Journal as "wonderfully conceived and extraordinarilyuseful," this superb reference--now available in paperback--will appeal toanyone who enjoys language in all its variety. It is especially useful forstudents and writers.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics Lexicography

Written In: English (eng)

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