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commonplace book

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

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner's attention are entered
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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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Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he placed his cuttings.
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. For once he dug in vain into that mine of varied information.
Each commedia dell'arte company had a stock of scenarios, commonplace books of soliloquies and witty exchanges, and about a dozen actors.
17, a VIP brunch and book signing at Commonplace Books in Midtown.
As May and Marotti note, the preservation of most surviving household or commonplace books of this era result from the family's subsequent rise to long-term stability and affluence.
Heather James offers the first essay in this collection on "The first English printed commonplace books," which helps to establish the theme of reading texts in their historical situation and also in terms of their particular material and formal expression.
Recent critical approaches to nineteenth-century commonplace books (in most instances, nineteenth-century American commonplace books) have agreed that this necessarily archival genre poses challenges to conventional literary-critical reading practices.
It also gives much needed attention to the proliferation of new locations, literary genres, and languages in which ethical matters were regularly treated --no longer predominantly in university settings and the studia of religious orders but increasingly in courts and academies; nor predominantly in Latin commentaries on ancient texts but now in vernacular dialogues, novellas, essays, biographies, and even commonplace books.
Burke's piece about commonplace books in seventeenth-century England; P.
We can identify the Geneva Bible of 1560 (59 of its 80 books are quoted), plus almanacs, chronicles, husbandry manuals, commonplace books, pattern books, sets of prints imported from Antwerp, and English broadside ballads and woodcuts.
Williams studies crudity's role in shaping the importance of commonplace books to Sir Thomas Browne and Robert Burton.