The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Biography
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This biographical dictionary contains 10,000 biographies, of people from Torquemada to Tarantino, Garbo to Gingrich and Havel to Hawking, supplemented with 2,000 quotations chosen to reveal what major figures thought about themselves and what others thought about them. It also contains 800 reading lists to guide readers through the biographies and memoirs.
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Over 100,000 international biographies, from the Danish poet Aakjaer to the Russian-US electronic engineer Zworykin. Up to date to 1996, it runs to over 1000 pages. Some entries are enlivened by quotations from their subjects, some by good-sized photographs, some by recommendations for such further reading as biographies or memoirs. Unstuffy in its choice of subjects, the encyclopedia is browsable as well as business-like. (Kirkus UK)