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By E. Cobham Brewer / Cassell and Company / 1895
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a unique and useful reference work offering the definitions and explanations of many famous phrases, idioms, proverbs, allusions, and figures—literary, historical, and mythical alike. Many of the succinct definitions and explanations, marked with Brewer’s famous wit and observations, don’t appear in traditional dictionaries or encyclopedias. Brewer’s Dictionary has the distinctive quality of being a comprehensive reference work that is also fun to read—the entries are informative and entertaining.
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Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable fills a decided gap in our instructive literature. It is really a most useful volume, with the rare attraction in a book of reference of being thoroughly readable.
Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is extremely useful and judiciously compiled.
We have no hesitation in praising Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable as intrinsically good, and in recommending it as a most valuable accession to every library.
Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a most serviceable and trustworthy directory for fancy nomenclature, derived from the literary traditions and conversational habits of all Europe, in ancient and in modern times. A copious treasury of curious and useful information.
—Illustrated London News
Dr. Brewer’s book of Phrase and Fable is an admirable dictionary of out-of-the-way references.
His work should find a place in every library, whether public or private.
Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable explains many thousands of allusions with wonderful accuracy, and that clearness of language and soundness of judgment which we have already noticed in his other popular books.
Dr. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is well calculated to afford much pleasant and profitable employment. It is a famous book for speakers and writers who are in want of pertinent illustrations.
Nobody possessing it need be at a loss for the derivation, source, or origin of common phrases, allusions, and ‘words that have a tale to tell.’ It is full of the most curious information on all kinds of subjects, and is just the sort of book to pick up when a man is too jaded to care for more systematic study. It is full of miscellaneous information, and would set up a clever talker for life at dinner and tea tables. He would pass for a singularly well-informed man, and what is better, would be one.
It contains a perfect mine of pertinent illustrations and happy allusions; it forms a rare collection of literary and etymological curiosities which, so far as we know, is of its kind quite unequalled; and it has the exceptional merit of being at once most useful as a work of reference and entertaining as a book to read.
To the student this is a most useful book, and no library should be without a copy. The information given is most comprehensive, and is always succinctly presented.
—Edinburgh Daily Review
Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810–1897) obtained his BA in law in 1836, his LLB in 1839, and his LLD in 1844. He was ordained as a deacon in 1836 and then as a priest in 1838. He was also the author of A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar, as well as A Dictionary of Miracles: Imitative, Realistic, and Dogmatic.