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 Dictionary of National Biography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matthew decided that no subjects from the old dictionary would be excluded, however insignificant the subjects appeared to a late twentieth-century eye; that a minority of shorter articles from the original dictionary would remain in the new in revised form; and that room would be made for about 14,000 new subjects.
The dictionary was transferred from its original publishers, Smith, Elder and Co., to Oxford University Press in 1917.
In the words of the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, the dictionary had "elucidated the private annals of the British".
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dictionary_of_National_Biography

  
 Dictionary of National Biography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matthew decided that no subjects from the old dictionary would be excluded, however insignificant the subjects appeared to a late twentieth-century eye; that a minority of shorter articles from the original dictionary would remain in the new in revised form; and that room would be made for about 14,000 new subjects.
In the words of the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, the dictionary had "elucidated the private annals of the British".
Until 1996, Oxford University Press continued to add further supplements including subjects who had died during the twentieth century, and, in 1993, an additional volume entitled Missing Persons was published containing about 1,000 notable people who had been omitted from the previous editions of the main dictionary and its supplements.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dictionary_of_National_Biography

  
 UMI :: Dictionary of National Biography
The entire dictionary was reprinted into 22 volumes at a later date, covering over 30,000 people, many of them important to American and Canadian colonial history as well as to British history.
Dictionary entries reveal written works, names of family members and relatives, positions in society, and important dates.
George Smith of the publishing company Smith, Elder and Co. founded the dictionary in 1882 with the resolve that it should "supply full, accurate and concise biographies of all noteworthy inhabitants of the British Isles and Colonies.
umi.com /research/pd-product-Dictionary-of-National-Biography-408.shtml

  
 Telegraph News
"The Dictionary of National Biography is a folly; a jamboree of nonsense.
The latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has been described as "the intellectual equivalent of the Millennium Dome" after the discovery that it is riddled with errors.
In the biography of Edgar Wallace, the thriller writer, it is claimed that A S Watt negotiated generous advances for his books, rather than the literary agent A P Watt.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/10/24/nbiog24.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/10/24/ixhome.html

  
 General Reference Sources
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Oxford, 1997
A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Blackwell, 1997
The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, Oxford, 1998
www.lib.uchicago.edu /e/reg/using/reference/genref.html

  
 OUP: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Matthew
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.
The Oxford DNB covers people born in the British Isles; it also includes inhabitants of the USA and Commonwealth countries before independence, many British-born people whose main impact was made overseas, and many who were born elsewhere but whose impact within the United Kingdom was substantial.
The Oxford DNB is constituted as a research and publishing project of the University of Oxford, with research funding from the British Academy, and all other funding and resources from Oxford University Press.
www.oup.co.uk /isbn/0-19-861411-X

  
 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Stirling University Library is one of the purchasers of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published on 23 September in 60 volumes and simultaneously in an online version.
The Oxford DNB includes 10,000 illustrations, making up the largest ever selection of national portraiture.
The original Victorian DNB, completed in 1901, along with its decennial supplements covering the twentieth century, has been completely revised and extended at the massive cost of £25.5 million, of which £3.5 million was contributed from public funds by the
www.library.stir.ac.uk /about/news/dnb.html

  
 Gallimaufry & more: “The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography” by Roger Kimball
The Dictionary of National Biography was an extraordinary endeavor—“an undertaking of exceptional magnitude in the history of publishing,” as Sidney Lee recalled.
For Stephen’s greatest rule was that each life was to be readable, a biography in itself, not a compendium of sources or a disquisition by a scholar on disputed points.
“German and French scholars generously admitted the Dictionary’s superiority to their own national compendiums,” Annan notes.
www.newcriterion.com /archive/23/jan05/odnb.htm

  
 Amazon.com: Books: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Plus Index of Contributors
To be included among the 50,000 entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), subjects must have died by the end of 2000.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is fascinating reading and will prove useful to researchers in many disciplines.
While the average biography is about 1,000 words long, some entries are as long as 37,000 words.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/019861411X?v=glance

  
 biblio
The Dictionary of National Biography (London, 1885-), abbreviated D.
www.philological.bham.ac.uk /owen/biblio.html

  
 Dictionary of National Biography
Weighing in at 20 stone (127 kilograms) the new Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is now available in the Kensington Central Library.
After 12 years in the making, with 10,000 contributors, containing 55,000 biographies and costing the Oxford University Press £25 million to compile, it is a biographic 'tour de force'.
The DNB lists remarkable people in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles, excluding living people.
www.rbkc.gov.uk /libraries/bookpromotions/dictionarybiographies.asp

  
 Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM
The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is widely recognized as a major historical and literary achievement.
While the DNBs authoritative content is of great scholarly interest to professionals including biographers, historians, journalists, genealogists and archivists its entries, which combine fact, anecdote and personal memoir in readable and entertaining form, possess a charm which has always made the DNB appealing to general readers.
The availability of the DNB on CD-ROM creates a whole new range of possibilities for exploring the content of this massive publication.
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 The printed edition
The DNB is one of the fundamental reference points for the exploration of English-speaking cultures, and many others.
In print form the Oxford DNB consists of 60,000 pages in sixty volumes, together with a free copy of the index of contributors (also for sale separately).
The DNB is one of the most famous books in English.
www.oup.com /oxforddnb/info/print

  
 The Pequod Essays Reviews The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
In many senses, the Dictionary provides evidence, in negative, of the fact that such tools are limited within the national grounds of a few privileged countries.
Indeed, even if it were the case that institutions in every country were given the capacity to write their own national biographies, Britain is in the exclusive and fortunate position of having a more or less coherent passport control with which to organise such a project.
However, British biography cannot apologise for the fact that the powerful historical, linguistic, financial and intellectual mechanisms required to bring such a project about are already in place.
www.thepequod.org.uk /essays/reviews/odnb.htm

  
 DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY
A completely new dictionary, which will be called The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, is to be published in September 2004.
The Dictionary of National Biography canonically records the activities of dead British worthies.
The first volume of the English Dictionary of National Biography apppeared on 1 January 1885, under Stephen’s editorship.
www.websters-online-dictionary.org /definition/DICTIONARY+OF+NATIONAL+BIOGRAPHY

  
 CD-ROM Databases at the Reference Department: Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM
The DNB contains biographical information on persons who lived in the geographical area of the "British Isles." Included are people "from the earliest times" through the present.
The DNB is particularly strong in persons involved in public life (politics, government, the church, the army and navy), but it also includes many from the worlds of scholarship, art, literature, architecture and education, with entries also for "actors and actresses, sporting figures, criminels, rebels, secularists, and heretics."
The DNB on CD-ROM is searchable by names, by word or combination of words and by phrases, as well as by occupation and other fields.
www.indiana.edu /~librcsd/cdrom/Detailed/50.html

  
 Lords Hansard text for 10 Sept 2004 (240910-09)
Also in the dictionary is the first Aborigine to be brought to this country in the 18th century, as is one of the most important Maori leaders.
The original DNB was conceived by George Smith of the publishers Smith, Elder & Co, and started to appear under the general editorship of Leslie Stephen in 1885, its quarterly instalments of unfailing punctuality continuing until its completion in 1900.
Particularly satisfying to the editors was the fact that our DNB exceeded the rate of publication of its German equivalent, which took 25 years to produce only 45 volumes, and had only 23,273 articles, as compared with our DNB's 29,120 articles in 60 volumes, which took only 15 years to come out.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/ld199697/ldhansrd/pdvn/lds04/text/40910-09.htm

  
 General Reference Sources
A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Blackwell, 1997
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Oxford, 1997
The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, Oxford, 1998
www.lib.uchicago.edu /e/reg/using/reference/genref.html

  
 Brief Lives : Twentieth Century Pen Portraits from the Dictionary of National Biography:Matthew, Colin:0192800892:eCampus.com
Drawn from the archives of the Dictionary of National Biography, this collection of sharply drawn portraits offers a rich cross-section of the men and women who shaped Britain's identity in the twentieth century.
Brief Lives : Twentieth Century Pen Portraits from the Dictionary of National Biography:Matthew, Colin:0192800892:eCampus.com
The DNB is an unrivalled record of modern British thought and achievement, combining critical insight with lively prose, entertaining anecdotes, and private data.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=0192800892

  
 Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a 60-volume set that succeeds the first version of the Dictionary which was completed in 1900.
It is a collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.
The new DNB represents the culmination of twelve years of collaborative scholarly effort to recreate one of the great reference works in English for the twenty-first Century.
www.keele.ac.uk /news/week/archive/2004/1217/1217-01.htm

  
 Oxford dictionary of national biography Resource Information Page
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in association with the British Academy is the first point of reference for anyone interested in the lives of the peoples of the British Isles and their connections overseas, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.
The Oxford DNB aims to provide full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life.
No living person is included: the Dictionary's articles are confined to people who died before 31 December 2000.
www.columbia.edu /cu/lweb/eresources/databases/4911491.html

  
 Information Services News - November 2004 Newsletter - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography replaces and extends the original Victorian Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), which has been a standard work of reference in libraries since it was first published in 1882.
The printed dictionary is shelved at CT773.D5 in the Quick Reference Collection on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library.
Naturally, the printed Oxford DNB is accompanied by an online version.  This provides searching for people by date, profession, place, religion, and other characteristics, as well as finding words anywhere in the article texts.
www.inf.aber.ac.uk /news/nov04/oxford.asp

  
 Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM - software review
It claims to include concise biographies of 'persons living in the British Isles', though strangely it includes Boris Karloff [latterly a US resident] because William Henry Pratt (the real name of the man with a bolt through his neck) turns out to have been born in Camberwell, and educated at Merchant Taylors.
The accompanying booklet does admit that the DNB "reflects the work of the previous century: a monument of Victorian scholarship but increasingly a primary source rather than an up-to-date reference book".
It was begun by Sir Leslie Stephen (Virginia Woolf's father) its editorship has passed through various distinguished hands, and now the encyclopaedia of the Great and the Good (or just the well known) makes its debut as a beermat-sized disk.
www.mantex.co.uk /reviews/dnb-oup.htm

  
 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Within the biographical articles the dictionary includes a total of 54,922 lives: approximately 5000 of these are included as sub-sections within larger articles.
The first edition contained over 29,000 lives, and rapidly became a national institution—an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the histories and cultures of the British Isles.
is a new dictionary which incorporates and replaces the old, and expands it substantially for a new readership.
www2.lib.udel.edu /database/oxforddnb.html

  
 Sociology
The Dictionary of American Biography, a biographical classic, was published in 20 volumes between 1928 and 1934, and 10 supplements have been published between 1944 and 1995, providing scholarly biographies of over 19,000 Americans who died by December 31, 1980.
The American National Biography provides scholarly biographies of more than 17,400 men and women from all eras and walks of life.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index indexes approximately 14,000,000 biographical sketches appearing in biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and similar reference works.
www.lib.uchicago.edu /e/su/soc

  
 Humbul full record view for -- Oxford dictionary of national biography (DNB)
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) was published by Oxford University Press in September 2004.
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography will undoubtedly be an essential resource for scholars across the arts and humanities disciplines.
Arguably the foremost reference work of its kind in the world, the DNB consists of over 50,000 detailed biographical entries describing the notable men and women who have helped shape British history, culture, and attitudes, from the fourth century BC to the present day.
www.humbul.ac.uk /output/full2.php?id=5222

  
 The Radio Plays of Henry Reed
Poet Elizabeth Jennings' analysis of Reed's poetry, with a brief biography and a lengthy bibliography.
Biography of Reed, with commentary on his major works and a short bibliography.
Photographs of Reed, and images relating to his books, plays, and poems.
www.solearabiantree.net /namingofparts/plays.html

  
 Amazon.com: Books: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Plus Index of Contributors
To be included among the 50,000 entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), subjects must have died by the end of 2000.
One can find all the Jewish women in the ODNB or all the men who lived in the nineteenth century whose field of interest was travel and exploration in Africa.
While the average biography is about 1,000 words long, some entries are as long as 37,000 words.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/019861411X?v=glance

  
 Henry Reed in The Dictionary of National Biography
Henry Reed in The Dictionary of National Biography
"Reed, Henry" in The Dictionary of National Biography, 1986-1990.
The success of 'A Very Great Man Indeed' (1953) prompted six sequels, the best of them 'The Private Life of Hilda Tablet' (1954), in which Reeve is browbeaten into switching the subject of his biography from the dumb dead to the exuberantly vocal living female composer.
www.solearabiantree.net /namingofparts/donb.html

  
 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - British Council Germany
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - British Council Germany
Oxford University Press are celebrating the publication at the British Council in Berlin and there will also be a demonstration of the online edition of the Dictionary.
www.britishcouncil.de /e/events/oxford.htm

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