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  • Hardcover: 678 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662495
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Cox is Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at OUP and is currently compiling The Oxford Chronology of English Literature on a freelance basis. His previous books for the Press include The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R. A. Gilbert); Victorian Detective Stories: An Oxford Anthology; and The Oxford Book of twentieth-Century Ghost Stories.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tantalus on 14 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although I am able to provide a list of 40+ factual errors in this work,
(some of them hilarious - see example below) it nevertheless has value for reference and it seems unfortunate that it has not been reissued since its first appearance in April 2001.

Example of unfortunate slip:
P 133, under "Guarini". "Il Pastor Fido" is translated as "Fido the shepherd" - whereas, of course, it means "the faithful shepherd".
(Fido may possibly have been his dog?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giraldus Cambrensis on 8 July 2013
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Anything calling itself a 'Dictionary' is setting itself up to be - and implying to potential customers to be (to some degree at least)- inclusive. Certainly the tight-packed pages of authors, works and (most admirably) characters in those works, look at first sight to be so; and in admirably clear print too.
I was perhaps unlucky then in my first choice of an author's works I wished to check: no reference apparently to that splendid historian of the Mediterranean, John Julius Cooper/Norwich? Nor to my next search, the more recondite Sir Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson (Lord Berners). Does Mr Cox or the OUP have a policy of excluding the peerage? No. It can't be that - for Lord Byron features (it would be hard to exclude him, whatever the prejudices!). My third target - George Seferis - was no more successful than was Constantine Cavafy who followed..............
It is easy to quibble; and perhaps it may look as if I set out to find ommissions; but my searches followed directly from my current reading and were not deliberate attempts to catch the compiler out. Cavafy influenced many of the XXth Century authors that do feature - more, dare I suggest than perhaps, say, Elias Canetti?
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
`Petrified Paintpots!', `Cristalized Cheesecakes', and `Fossilized Fishhooks!' 4 Aug. 2013
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By and large, this tale is an easy read with clever little twists, providing a wholesome story. To me, it almost struck as a remembrance of simpler times with fewer worries (if there ever was such a time). There's no swearing, not violence, no sex, no smoking, no drinking, etc. I know - so not me. But, nevertheless, I enjoyed this little jaunt down tame Boys' Boarding School Lane. I especially enjoyed some of the crazy exclamations the boys had - `Petrified Paintpots!', `Cristalized Cheesecakes', and `Fossilized Fishhooks!'. Yes, Anthony Buckeridge had me laughing out loud with his creativeness.

While there are few females even mentioned, and only 1 female character, they are treated respectfully. Still, a female reader might find less connection to this story than male readers.

Narration: Simon Vance is always a treat. I especially enjoyed his blustering voice for Merridew, the occasionally whining school boy, and all the funny exclamations used throughout the story.
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