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commonplace book

n.
A personal journal in which quotable passages, literary excerpts, and comments are written.

commonplace book

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner's attention are entered

com′monplace book`


n.
a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, etc., are written.
[1570–80]
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Noun1.commonplace book - a notebook in which you enter memorabilia
notebook - a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
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Dalloway and the habit, now fallen into decline, of quoting Greek in the House of Commons, noted, in the great commonplace book that lies open beside us as we talk, the fact that all men, even men like Ridley, really prefer women to be fashionable.
When our visitor was silent Holmes stretched out his hand and took down letter "S" of his commonplace book.
These annotations are even referenced in Ibn Muflih's commonplace book (see below), wherein he noted that a certain piece of writing, presumably Ibn Tulun's al-Thaghr al-bassam, had ended with the appointment of judge Muhammad Bik.
He even transcribes and edits three relevant manuscripts and includes them as appendices: a previously unknown English translation of large selections from eleven chapters of Book Two of the French Essais (Appendix A), an anonymous commonplace book dating from around 1650 that includes 198 extracts from Florio's Essayes (Appendix B), and "Montaigne's Moral Maxims," a collection of 297 aphorisms derived from Florio's text (Appendix C).
In the service of these broader arguments, this essay motivates a reading of one particular homemade book, Dorothy Wordsworth's commonplace chapbook, a circumscribed collection of poetic "consolations" that occurs within Wordsworth's commonplace book.
Prof Leask said that WR was given the task by Burns to read through his commonplace book and choose which works were good enough to go into print and this resulted in the publication of the Kilmarnock Volume of Poems in 1786, the BBC reported.
Bottoms navigates through affective biographies and excerpts from a commonplace book, on his quest to answer three questions: who was this person?
A Commonplace Book of Pie features a handful of recipes for making beloved favorite pies, such as Mumbleberry, Cherry Rhubarb, Peach Ginger, and "master recipe" basics that can be adapted to one's own culinary creations, yet it's only partly a cookbook.
His works, including That Insidious Beast and CONEX: Convict Connections, have appeared online and in various published anthologies including A Commonplace Book of Weird: The Untold Stories of H.
Another related practice, the commonplace book (addressed in more detail below) was popular from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century.
However, he was more interested in the apocalypse than were many Tories, and some of the material in the commonplace book sections consists of collections of strange events and other signs of the coming apocalypse.
In this valuable commonplace book he's also put "other fragments --maps, diary entries, writings in many languages, paragraphs cut out of other books" (96).