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The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurusby Oxford
Thesauri are a dime a dozen, but this special reference includes charming asides by respected authors, such as Francine Prose and Simon Winchester. Useful and entertaining!
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This brand new thesaurus from Oxford, the most trusted name in reference, is the first to be developed by writers, for writers.
In addition to the more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms found in the thesaurus, each of our distinguished editorial board members (including David Auburn, Michael Dirda, David Lehman, Stephin Merritt, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith, Jean Strouse, David Foster Wallace, and Simon Winchester) has contributed frank, funny, thoughtful, and, most of all, word-wise mini-essays on words that they particularly love, hate, admire, or are just plain puzzled by.
Even more helpful for writers in search of the perfect word, this new thesaurus contains nearly two hundred word banks, collections of nouns to add exact detail to your writing. (Was it just bread, or was it chapatti, rye, dal, or pita?) Brand-new word spectrums show where your word falls in a line between two polar opposites (passable is three-quarters of the way from beautiful to ugly).
Other features include quick guides to easily confused words; helpful, real-world usage guidance to tricky sticking points of grammar and word choice; and careful, expert distinctions among awkward synonyms.
The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus will unlock the power of language and is certain to be the thesaurus that says on the desk — and stays open.
"In the jargon of sportscasters The Oxford American Writers Thesaurus is a triple threat: It's a freshly conceived guide to finding just the right word, it's published by the greatest name in English reference books, and it offers thoughtful, amusing and provocative mini-essays on 240 favorite words by ten distinguished contemporary writers." Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime journalist for The Washington Post
Book News Annotation:
Contemporary trumping traditional format, the arrangement is alphabetical rather than topical. For each word, groups of words with similar meanings are presented, along with examples of their use. For each group of synonyms, an antonym is noted if appropriate. American authors contribute notes discussing nuances in the meaning and use of synonyms. A writer's reference section offers help with grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation, proofreaders marks, and prompts to inspire writing, all oriented to the peculiar American way of using English.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With essays, notes, and tips from some of today's most brilliant wordsmiths, this is the first thesaurus "for" writers, "by" writers.
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