The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Furnishes over five thousand humorous quotations, including classic one-liners, quips, and put-downs from such personalities as Groucho Marx, P.J. O'Rourke, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, Jane Austen, and Dorothy Parker.

Oxford University Press
In The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, noted writer and satirist Ned Sherrin has gathered nearly 6,000 quotations drawn from an international cast of humorists and pundits, ranging from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde to Groucho Marx, Monty Python, and Roseanne. Forty themes, from computers to tennis, and over eight hundred quotations, are completely new to this edition.
Arranged in themes from Actors and Acting (including Dorothy Parker's famous barb on Katherine Hepburn's Broadway debut, "She ran the whole gamut of the emotions from A to B") to Youth (Georges Courteline, "It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all"), Sherrin has collected the sharpest, the wittiest, the wryest in quips, put-downs, and one-liners. Here are the best lines of comedians and playwrights, novelists and producers, cartoonists and moguls, soldiers and lawyers. Readers will find Woody Allen ("I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it by not dying"), Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Mae West, Will Rogers, and George Bernard Shaw--as well as literary wags from Kingsley Amis to Evelyn Waugh and Gore Vidal (on Eisenhower in 1964, "reading a speech with his usual sense of discovery"). Each quotation comes with details of who said it, where, and when, while separate keyword and author indices mean the reader will never have to wonder "whose line is it anyway?"
Displaying all shades of humor, from dry to sly, subtle to wacky, The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations will be the perfect resource for public speakers, writers and anyone else who enjoys a sparkling line, a clever pun, or a wickedly clever riposte.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780198602897
Branch Call Number: R 082.0207 OXF
Characteristics: xxiii, 512 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sherrin, Ned
Alternative Title: Humorous quotations


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