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Showing items 1 to 9 of 9 total books.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
by Adrian Room, Terry Pratchett, John Buchanan-Brown (Introduction)

This book provides the reference to the idiomatic sayings in our language. That sounds really boring, but it's incredibly useful. I receive many emails that ask the origin of some phrases such as "the whole nine yards." I'm not able to answer questions like that, but a book like this does, 90% of the time.

Speaker's Lifetime Library
by Leonard Spinrad, Thelma Spinrad (Contributor), Anistatia R. Miller, Jared Brown

This isn't a quote book, but it does have a large list of quotes within it. They are organized by subject and have really good attributes. It also contains a section for comparisons, and a calendar of historical events.

The Cambridge Biographical Dictionary
by David Crystal (Editor)

This book provides information about the people who are quoted every day. Many times I get an email asking for more information about a certain person from the Quote of the Day page. We can't answer these, but this book is likely to with biographies of over 14,000 people.

Merriam Webster's Biographical Dictionary
by Merriam Webster (Publisher)

Yet another biographical dictionary. This one is very general. There are no more than four or five sentences per person, but it usually is enough information to get an idea of what kind of person you are quoting.

The Dictionary of Cliches
by James Rogers

Lists and explains all of those run-of-the-mill, garden-variety phrases we know as cliches. Whether you're a writer or speaker trying to learn how to avoid using cliches, or a space alien trying to fit into Earth society, you'll find this book invaluable.

Lend Me Your Ears
by William Safire (Editor)

"Great Speeches in History" These are not simple quotations, but full blown speeches, both ancient and contemporary. There are more than 200 speeches highlighted.

Special Words
by Joyce Landorf Heatherley

"Notes for When You Don't Know What to Say" Sample letters for all of those difficult and emotional times of life. Just be careful that you don't plagarize outright, you might get caught. There are over 200 letters organized by subject.

A Dictionary of Who, What, and Where in Shakespeare
by Sandra Clark (Editor)

"A Comprehensive Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, Characters, and Contemporaries" Do you confuse Rosencrantz with Guildenstern? Get them and everything else Shakespearean straight with this book.

Coined by Shakespeare
by Stanley Malless, Jeffrey McQuain, R. O. Blechman (Illustrator)

"Words and Meanings First Used by the Bard" Organized alphabetically, this book concentrates on words that were invented by Shakespeare. You'll be surprised which words were originally coined by the Bard.