A spoof encyclopedia of contemporary accepted wisdom and
commonplaces, Dictionary of Received Ideas
at his witty and satirical best. Perhaps intended as a companion
to his final, unfinished novel Bouvard and Pécuchet
compilation was the result of a lifetime of collecting the absurd
and the clichéd with darkly humorous explanations.
A playful look at nineteenth-century values and talking points,
this dictionary will provide enduring entertainment and prove
relevant even today.
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