commonplace book


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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.
Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he placed his cuttings.
When one of them drops his commonplace book [a blank book in which you write bits and pieces you want to remember], Tommy sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it, so it can be returned to the soldier.
Written in chronological order, Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts is of necessity made up of microhistories, each of a different commonplace book or compiler.
The new popularity of such playwrights as Dryden, Behn, and Wycherley was reflected in the commonplace book of 'PD', an anonymous reader responsible for what is now Bodleian MS Eng.
Marotti show us in Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman's Household Book, what is of the most interest to this story is the condition of its survival and compilation: it makes up a large part of a remarkable Yeoman's commonplace book, acquired in 2007 by the British Library, compiled by John Hanson of Rastrick, Yorkshire (1517-99), a scrivener and legal agent who, sometime in the late 16th century, began collecting material for preservation.
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.
She donated Irving's personal collection of early American songsters as well as his music commonplace book collection to the American Antiquarian Society.
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?