The Oxford Desk Dictionary of People and Places

The Oxford Desk Dictionary of People and Places

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This text offers in-depth information of the kind usually found in unabridged dictionaries. The biographical section covers more than 7,500 individuals, from earliest recorded history right through to the present. Each entry includes pronunciation, the date of birth and death, nationality, and significant achievements. We learn, for instance, that Chinua Achebe was born in 1930, is a Nigerian novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist, wrote "Things Fall Apart" (1958) and "Anthills of the Savanna" (1987). Major historical figures, such as U.S. presidents, have boxed entries that include information about their private lives and public careers. The geographical section covers some 10,000 places of all kinds.show more

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  • Hardback | 896 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 66.04mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 180 b&w maps
  • 0195138724
  • 9780195138726

About Frank Abate

Frank Abate is the Editor in Chief of the Connecticut-based Oxford U.S. Dictionaries Program. He is a lexicographer whose credits include more than 20 different dictionaries. Most recently, he edited The Oxford American Dictionary and Language Guide and The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English.show more

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