A No-Nonsense Guide to the Use of Names
A&C Black 2006
9780713675887   Product Code: 11714
What exactly are expressions such as Kafkaesque or Orwellian or Miranda-like trying to pin down? Philip Gooden's engrossing A-Z goes where dictionaries usually fear to tread and offers full explanations of terms derived from proper names. As well as describing the original owner of the name - real or fictional - and what it has come to mean, the book provides examples of its use in the press and other media and a pretentiousness rating, lest you get carried away.