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A. R Flowers

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(b. 1951), novelist, essayist, and cultural activist. A native Memphian, Arthur Flowers's writing integrates regional African American culture, including blues music, hoodoo ...

Flowers, A. R

Flowers, A. R (1951)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
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Literature
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495 words

...Flowers, A. R . (b. 1951 ), novelist , essayist , and cultural activist . A native Memphian, Arthur Flowers's writing integrates regional African American culture, including blues music, hoodoo spirituality, Delta dialect, and oral traditions. His delving into the local, linguistically and culturally, is evocative of Zora Neale Hurston (who makes a cameo appearance in his first novel), Langston Hughes , and Ishmael Reed . Moreover, attending John O. Killens 's (founder of the Harlem Writer's Guild) writing workshop at Columbia University over a span...

A. R Flowers

A. R Flowers  

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(b. 1951), novelist, essayist, and cultural activist.A native Memphian, Arthur Flowers's writing integrates regional African American culture, including blues music, hoodoo spirituality, Delta ...
Poetry

Poetry   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,432 words
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Oxford University Press

...her crimsn curtaind bed And comes forth in the majesty of beauty; every Flower The Pink, the Jessamine, the Wall-flower, the Carnation The Jonquil, the mild Lilly opes her heavens! every Tree, And Flower & Herb soon fill the air with an innumerable Dance Yet all in order sweet & lovely, Men are sick with Love! Such is a Vision of the lamentation of Beulah over Ololon. Of first importance here is the contradiction: that this scene of the ‘majesty of beauty’ is fundamentally, paradoxically, ‘a Vision of … lamentation’. Beulah's lamentation repeats the...

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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1,978 words
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Oxford University Press

...be attended with sorrows, which she enumerates (ll. 1135–64). Adonis’ body has melted away and a purple flower has sprung in its place, which Venus vows to cherish in her breast (ll. 1165–88). Venus returns to Cyprus in her dove-drawn chariot, intending to mourn in seclusion (ll. 1189–94). Artistic features: The poem’s set-piece displays of rhetoric alternate with vivid, sensual evocations of a mythological world whose freshness matches that of Ovid’s original, a world which exists purely to provide the appropriate setting for Venus’ attempted seduction and...

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Noble Kinsmen   Reference library

Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,335 words
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Oxford University Press
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...towards the separate funerals of their husbands to the dirge ‘Urns and odours, bring away’, and bid one another a solemn farewell. 2.1 A wooer talks with the Jailer about his projected marriage to the Jailer’s Daughter, who speaks enthusiastically about the prisoners Palamon and Arcite. 2.2 Palamon and Arcite are consoling one another for their lost liberty with promises of eternal friendship when Palamon sees Emilia from the window, gathering flowers with her woman in the garden beneath. He falls in love with her, as does Arcite, and the two immediately quarrel...

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,428 words
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Oxford University Press

...flowers among them, disagreeing courteously with Polixenes as she does so about the ethics of artificially cross-breeding cultivated flowers. The young people dance, and a servant brings news of the approach of a pedlar, who is admitted. The Clown does not recognize Autolycus as the thief who robbed him earlier, and after Autolycus advertises his wares with the song ‘Lawn as white as driven snow’ the Clown is squabbled over by Mopsa and Dorcas, who have both been hoping for love tokens from him. Autolycus sells them improbable ballads and sings a song in a...

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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5,930 words
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Oxford University Press
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3

...books . For A Voyage Round Great Britain (with a diverting text by Richard Ayton ), Daniell both drew the original designs and made the aquatints from them. The result is a view of the country which is gentle and harmonious: most, if not all, industrial ugliness is rendered with restraint and delicacy. In many such books, the plates were first printed in just two colours and were then augmented by hand-colouring, invariably meticulously done. Almost none of the names of these talented colourists, who often were women, are recorded. Flowers too attracted...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,220 words
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Oxford University Press
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...the magic juice of a flower, love-in-idleness, to her eyes as she sleeps, which will make her fall in love with the next creature she sees: he sends Robin to fetch it. Meanwhile he watches Demetrius, unable to find Hermia and Lysander, rebuking Helena, who follows him off despite his disdain, and when Robin returns with the love-juice, Oberon, determined to punish Demetrius, instructs Robin to find a man wearing Athenian clothes and apply some of the love-juice to his eyes when the woman he scorns is nearby. 2.2 Titania’s fairies sing her a lullaby, ‘You...

42 The History of the Book in Japan

42 The History of the Book in Japan   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
8,089 words
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Oxford University Press
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...indiscriminately available, but its susceptibility to change made these directories and maps a profitable staple for publishers in Edo. Most publishers sought to produce a wide variety of wares, with Sinology and Buddhist texts at one end and popular fiction at the other, and in between niche publications like medical textbooks, flower arrangement manuals, poetry collections, and so forth. As early as the 1660s , there was a growing sense that printed books had become a flood, and in an attempt to bring order to the undifferentiated mass of books already on the...

5 The European Medieval Book

5 The European Medieval Book   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
9,862 words
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Oxford University Press
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...and their Methods of Work (1992) F. Avril and N. Reynaud , Les Manuscrits à peintures en France, 1440–1520 (1993) Bischoff M. Bollati , ed., Dizionario biografico dei miniatori italiani: secoli IX–XVI (2004) L. E. Boyle , Medieval Latin Palaeography (1984) R. Clemens and T. Graham , Introduction to Manuscript Studies (2007) C. de Hamel , A History of Illuminated Manuscripts , 2e (1994) A. Derolez , The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books (2003) N. R. Ker , English Manuscripts in the Century after the Norman Conquest (1960) T. Kren ...

The Twentieth Century

The Twentieth Century   Quick reference

Brian M. Short

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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6,083 words
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Oxford University Press

...by some general comments and a listing of the grass fields ploughed up in 1940 and in 1941 . The second component was the 4th June Return 1941 for each farm, the only year for which such information has been released on a farm‐by‐farm basis rather than as a parish summary. Complete land use, livestock, and labour‐input details are thus discernible. These were completed, as usual, by the farmers themselves. Third came the Supplementary 4th June Return: Small Fruit, giving details on small‐fruit types, vegetables, flowers, crops being grown under glass,...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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4,098 words
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Oxford University Press
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...was awakened by Juliet when his servant Balthasar brings the news that Juliet is dead: intending to return to Verona and kill himself, Romeo buys poison from a needy apothecary. 5.2 Friar Laurence learns that his colleague Friar John has been prevented by plague quarantine restrictions from delivering his explanatory letter to Romeo: he hurries towards the Capulets’ tomb. 5.3 Paris is strewing flowers at the tomb and reciting an epitaph for Juliet when Romeo arrives, sending an apprehensive Balthasar away: Paris attempts to arrest Romeo and is killed in the...

Possessives

Possessives   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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2,753 words
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...front entrance> <the earth's surface> . But such possessives can be overdone. For example, avoid using the possessive form of a year—e.g.: “Mr. Rogers, 41, took the show by storm in 1993 , winning 28 blue ribbons and the Show Sweepstakes with a total of 1,120 points (which really upped the ante: 1992's winner [read the 1992 winner ] scored only 387 points).” Anne Raver , “A Big Flower Show One Loves to Hate,” N.Y. Times , 2 Mar. 1995 , at B5. I. Phrasal Possessives. Avoid phrasal possessives when possible, so that you don't end up with sentences...

Slang

Slang   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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1,089 words
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...of Slang” ( 1919 ), in A Language Reader for Writers 150, 155 ( James R. Gaskin & Jack Suberman eds.,  1966 ). Although prescriptive linguists are often depicted as stern opponents of slang, the most prescriptive of them all saw its place: “A little racy slang may well be used in the course of one's daily talk; it sometimes expresses that which otherwise would be difficult, if not impossible, of expression.” Richard Grant White , Words and Their Uses, Past and Present 42 ( 1870 ). A decade later, in another book, White wrote a little more expansively:...

Punctuation

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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...of the human spirit to a knowledge not only of outside human nature but also of our own deep inward mystery.’” Bill Moyers , Introduction to Joseph Campbell , The Power of Myth xix ( Betty Sue Flowers ed., 1988 ). The em-dash can also be used to replace the colon—e.g.: • “On July 22, the company was awarded the largest privatization contract ever for a prison—a 2,048-bed minimum-security facility in Taft, Calif.” “Wackenhut Wins Its Prison Bid,” BusinessWeek , 4 Aug. 1997 , at 42. • “She returned to singing in 1996 —after a stroke and complications...

Orange Flower Water

Orange Flower Water  

Orange flower water, also called orange blossom water, is a flavoring distilled from the flowers of sour orange trees, such as Seville and bergamot, usually as a condensed-steam by-product of ...
unisexual flower

unisexual flower  

A flower having only stamens or only carpels. A plant can bear either one or both kinds of unisexual flowers. See flower.
flowers of sulphur

flowers of sulphur  

Light yellow crystalline powder made by distilling sulphur. It is mixed with calcium oxide and water to form a paste which is painted on and around a mercury spillage so that the mercury can be ...
A Special Flower

A Special Flower  

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(1965),the second novel of Maurice Gee.
Bach flower remedies

Bach flower remedies  

Preparations of the flowers of various plants used in a system of complementary medicine intended to relieve ill health by influencing underlying emotional states, named after Edward Bach ...

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