The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions Definitions and Origins of More Than 4,000 Allusions by Martin H. Manser


The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions Definitions and Origins of More Than 4,000 Allusions by Martin H. Manser

Discover the fascinating world of allusions in one in-depth guide. The Facts on File Dictionary of Allusions provides a comprehensive guide to allusions in the English language. In approximately 4,000 entries, this new resource explores well-known events, places, people, and phenomena whose names have acquired linguistic significance, conveying a particular message beyond a mere reference to the objects referred to. Entries are drawn from a wide range of sources, including Shakespeare and the Bible; Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology; texts from literature through the ages; historical events; popular culture; and film and television. Individual entries contain pronunciation guides, definitions, examples, information on derived forms, and more. An index, guide to use, and cross-references round out this accessible dictionary.Entries include: Achilles' heel; Godzilla; Indiana Jones; Phoenix rising from the ashes; Svengali; and, much more.

About the Author

Martin H. Manser has been a professional reference book writer and editor since 1980. He is the author of several books for Facts On File and Checkmark Books and lives in England.

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544 pages


Martin H. Manser
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Publication date

15th May 2009



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