The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography

The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography

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Houghton
The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography includes more than 18,000 people from around the globe and from all periods of history. All continents, fields of endeavor, and historical eras are richly represented: the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Michelangelo rub shoulders with Sir V. S. Naipaul, Jesse Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Each entry begins with the person’s full name, birth and death dates, nationality, and occupation, allowing the reader to locate this most basic information at a glance. The person’s life, education, and achievements are detailed, as is information on the historical milieu in which he or she was active.
The book also includes 300 special feature boxes, which provide detailed information about a variety of noteworthy people, such as the Ottoman emperor Suleyman the Magnificent, the singer Ella Fitzgerald, the sculptor Henry Moore, and the poet Robert Burns. Quotations often impart some of the spirit of these impressive people. Readers learn that the last words of Ludwig van Beethoven, the deaf composer, were I shall hear in heaven,” and that Bruce Springsteen said of Bob Dylan, He had the freedom and the talent to make a pop record that contained the whole world.” This is an indispensable resource for schools, libraries, and individuals who need an up-to-date and authoritative biographical reference.


Baker & Taylor
Lists more than eighteen thousand people from ancient times to the present and from all areas of the world, providing within each entry the subject's full name, birth and death dates, nationality, occupation, education, and achievements.

Book News
The Americanized version of Chambers Biographical Dictionary , seventh edition, 2002, contains 18,000 entries on people from ancient and classical periods to the present, from countries around the world (though most of European descent), and from a wide range of endeavors. After providing basic information such as birth date and nationality, the articles explore significant acts and achievements, and cultural background. They are arranged alphabetically, and extensively cross- referenced but not indexed. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
What did Aung San Suu Kyi receive the Nobel Peace Prize for? What did Laozi have to say about Confucius? Which Academy Awards were won by the actor Anthony Quinn? The answers to these and countless other questions about famous people, both past and present, can be found in the pages of the all-new Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography.
Its 1,600-plus pages contain more than 18,000 entries covering people from around the globe and from all periods of human history - from Aristotle to Attila, Greta Garbo to Mikhail Gorbachev, and Frank Zappa to Ulrich Zwingli. In addition, 300 special feature boxes offer more detailed information on a variety of especially noteworthy people like the emperor Suleyman the Magnificent, the singer Ella Fitzgerald, the sculptor Henry Moore, and the poet Robert Burns. Among other details that bring these people to life, the boxes contain quotations that impart some of the spirit of these exceptional lives.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2003
ISBN: 9780618252107
061825210X
Branch Call Number: 920 H814
Characteristics: xv, 1661 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Houghton Mifflin Company

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