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Whose What? A Reference For All The Strange Expressions That Have Entered the American Literature
Whose What A Reference For All The Strange Expressions That Have Entered the American Literature Author:Dorothy Rose Blumberg For the crossword puzzle and acrostics fan and for the plain just curious. Whose What? fills that frustrating gap on the library shelf that turns up when someone says,"What exactly was Balaam's ass? Or Dido's lament? Or Job's tears?" Perhaps most people have a vague idea of such things, but the specific origins of the term, its history ad backgr... more »ound are sketchy.
Dorothy Rose Blumberg, the author and compiler of "Whose What?", has set certain criteria for the items she has included__ The "who" must be real or legendary person; and the "what" is something named, either literally or figuratively. "Wilsom's Fourteen Points" for instance, refers to the World War I peace plan submitted to the United States Congress by Presient Woodrow Wilsom in 1918. "Joseph's Coat" recalls the biblical story of the many-colored robe presented to Joseph by his father. "Pandora's Box" conjures up the woman of Greek mythology who was given a marriage gift of a box containing all the evils that prey on man.
With its interesting, little-known, as well as familiar facts and names, "Whose What?" will intrigue and amuse the puzzle demon, make life simple for the student, and provide hours of entertainment for the general reader.
Dorothy Rose Blumberg unjoys mathematics and puzzle games, which is proably why she has had such fun doing the research for and writing of "Whose What" Since she is at home in four languages--- French, German, Spanish, and Enlish, and knows her Anglo-Saxon cold- she could consult original sources of a great variety. Bon and brought up Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs Blumberg attended Goucher College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and almost forty years later took her Master's Degree from Columbia University after she moved to New York City in the ninteen-fifties. She has livered there ever since.« less