The Oxford Dictionary of Twentieth Century Quotations

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This volume brings together quotations crucial to a picture of the 20th century, offering the reader an overview of the social, political, cultural, and scientific concerns of succeeding decades. It concentrates on writers who were alive in or after 1914, taking the outbreak of the First World War as the cultural watershed of the century. Quotations come from the written word, in plays poetry, novels, and speeches, and more latterly from soundbites, online sources, films, television, and advertisements. Coverage includes N. America and Europe, as well as the UK and Ireland. Quotations are organized by author, and include a brief description of each author, with context and source notes provided as necessary. There are also twelve thematic categories within the alphabetical sequence for quotations which are either anonymous or are not primarily recognized by their author: advertising slogans, catch-phrases, epitaphs, film lines, film titles, last words, misquotations, newspaper headlines and leaders, official advice, political slogans, sayings and slogans, and telegrams. A browsable thematic index allows a selection of quotations on a particular subject to be traced, with topics ranging from fashion, food and drink, and art to politics, science and technology, and sport.

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Elizabeth Knowles is Managing Editor for Quotation Dictionaries at OUP.

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Knowles, managing editor of Oxford Quotations Dictionaries, has chosen 5,000 quotations from the twentieth century, using 1914, the year World War I broke out, as the starting point. These quotes are from writers and others alive in or after that year and come from political movements, songs, poetry, advertisements, television, sound bites, and even online sources. Earlier events that have continued to echo down the century, such as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, are included. Coverage is international, although emphasis leans toward British sources.

Quotes are arranged alphabetically by the author of the quote. Special sidebars (e.g., "Film lines," "Last words," "Misquotes," "Official advice") add interest and variety; it would be helpful to have these listed in the table of contents. Author names are followed by dates of birth and death (where known) with a very short description. Where needed, cross-references are provided to quotations about that author elsewhere in the text. Within the author entries, quotations are separated by literary form and then arranged alphabetically by title. Primary sources are listed first, followed by other writers' works and biographies. Authors covered range from W. C. Fields and Paul McCartney to Bella Abzug and J. Robert Oppenheimer, with many others represented. Each quotation is accompanied by contextual information, if needed, and always a note as to the source. Two indexes, subject and keyword, provide additional access to users when an author is not known or when a quote for an occasion is needed.

Quotation books abound, and smaller libraries probably need only standard general titles, such as Bartlett's Familiar Quotations [RBB N 1 92], now in its 16th edition; and The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations [4th ed., RBB D 1 92]. Larger libraries can expand their collections by adding titles, such as The Oxford Dictionary of Twentieth Century Quotations, that are more specialized. Knowles and her project team have produced an authoritative overview of social, political, cultural, and scientific concerns of the century. This fun and enlightening quotation source is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.

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