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Frederick G. Ruffner, Jr., and Laurence Urdang
Ruffner’s Allusions documents the deeper meanings of words—from Shakespeare, Dickens, and other authors; from The Bible and other holy books; from Greek, Roman, and other mythologies; from American, European, Eastern, and other legends; and from the arts, business, the movies, radio and television.
This reference work has established itself as the essential starting place for students and general readers interested in understanding the meaning of the many allusions found both in written materials and in everyday speech.The third edition of Ruffner’s Allusions includes 3,500 new allusions (for a total of more than 12,000). The authors have significantly updated several important areas: allusions from the past 20 years, with an emphasis on technology, politics, and popular culture, as well as allusions to real people, to non-Judeo-Christian faiths, and to children’s literature.
Useful. Provides more than three times the coverage offered by [its closest competitor]. In reference works like this, multiple points of access are an essential element, and here they are plentiful. For its breadth of coverage and carefully organized content, this would be an excellent addition to any reference collection. —Booklist
About the Author
Frederick Ruffner is the founder of both the Gale and Omnigraphics publishing companies and is responsible for numerous of the most important reference books established during the second half of the 20th century. His co-author, Laurence Urdang, during his lifetime, edited or compiled more than 100 books about language and usage.
6 x 9; 999 pages
November 2010: $45