The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations (Oxford Paperback Reference)

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Now available as part of the Oxford Paperback Reference series, this new expanded edition of Peter Kemp's acclaimed collection illuminates the world of the writer, from classical literature to crime fiction and from the quill to the PC. Organized by subject, it includes topics ranging from Tools of the Trade and Writer's Block to Ghost Stories and Critics. Shakespeare, Shaw, and Johnson have their say, but authors also include Alice Munro on Illustration and Pushkin on Earning a Living, A. D. Hope on Fables and Fairytales, Rimbaud on Baudelaire and Harold Pinter on Omission. New themes in this edition include Graffiti and Epitaphs, and there are many more quotations by writers on other writers: Ben Okri on Cervantes, Walter de la Mare on Lewis Carroll, and Philip Roth on William Faulkner. The long uphill struggle in playwriting is getting to the top of page one. - Tom Stoppard I'd love to write a book a year, but I don't think I'd have any fans. - Donna Tartt Lads don't write novels. They're down the pub. - Martin Amis on Ladlit You reach an age when every sentence you write bumps into one you wrote thirty years ago. - John Updike Reading . . . is a strenuous and pleasurable contact sport. - Maureen Howard There were no innocent blondes in crime fiction. - Ed McBain Never make your publisher pay the postage is the first rule of literary life. - Julian Barnes

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"This book was written with the world's finest word processor, a Waterman cartridge fountain pen." "Celebrating over 3000 years of writing, this expanded edition is chock-full of literary gems. Open it anywhere, and vignettes of literary life in different eras spring into view....Recommended."--Library Journal "Celebrating over 3000 years of writing, this expanded edition is chock-full of literary gems. Open it anywhere, and vignettes of literary life in different eras spring into view....Recommended."--Library Journal "Celebrating over 3000 years of writing, this expanded edition is chock-full of literary gems. Open it anywhere, and vignettes of literary life in different eras spring into view....Recommended."--Library Journal "Celebrating over 3000 years of writing, this expanded edition is chock-full of literary gems. Open it anywhere, and vignettes of literary life in different eras spring into view....Recommended."--Library Journal

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Peter Kemp is Fiction Editor of the Sunday Times, a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University. His previous publications include Muriel Spark and H.G. Wells and the Culminating Age.

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