The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

Andrew Delahunty


Allusions provide us a fabulous literary shorthand, drawing on our collective wisdom of literature, mythology, and the Bible to aid us describe humans, areas, emotions, and occasions. A miser is a Scrooge, a robust guy is a Samson or a Hercules, a stunning lady is a Venus or a modern day Helen of Troy. we will endure like Sisyphus or linger just like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.
starting from classical mythology to fashionable videos and television indicates, this new reference paintings explains the meanings of the allusions in use in smooth English, from Abaddon to Zorro, Tartarus to Tarzan, and Rubens to Rambo. according to an intensive studying software that has pointed out the main everyday allusions, this attention-grabbing quantity comprises various quotations to demonstrate utilization, from various authors and assets, from Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens to Bridget Jones's Diary. furthermore, the dictionary is thematically based, in order that readers not just can search for Medea to determine who she was once and the way her identify is used as an allusion, but in addition can search for the topic of "Revenge" and locate, along Medea, entries for different figures used to allude to revenge, similar to The Furies or The count number of Monte Cristo.

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