Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
Cassell, 2001 - Allusions in literature - 1298 pages
"Dr Brewer's classic work of reference, fully revised and updated for the millennium, now available in paperback"
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Review: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and FableUser Review - Howard Dickins - Goodreads
Ok. I love reference books. Generally they're not read from cover-to-cover. But some of them (like Brewer's) are so crammed full of fascinating references and cultural anecdotes that it's just so hard to put down. If you don't own a copy - then you need one. Read full review
Review: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and FableUser Review - Michael Benavidez - Goodreads
useful even if it isn't useful at the moment. This is something that you read, you skim, you just enjoy, and later on something will stand out from the rest and will become something entirely useful. at least it was for me. still going through it time and time again. Read full review