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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.

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P 133, under "Guarini". "Il Pastor Fido" is translated as "Fido the...
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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...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reprint?, 14 April 2009
This review is from: Dictionary of Writers and Their Works (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
3.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING?, 8 July 2013
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This review is from: Dictionary of Writers and Their Works (Hardcover)
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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