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An illustrated biographical dictionary giving brief accounts of the lives of important British subjects who died between 1915 and 1980. It is based mainly on information found in the multivolume Dictionary of National Biography , supplemented by material from other works and even by Oxbury's personal memories of the subject. This is a typically well-done publication from Oxford and is especially meant for young students. Highly recommended for school and public libraries. Anne Washburn, Julius C. Smith Law Lib., Greensboro, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Oxbury's illustrated biographical dictionary provides concise sketches of 645 British subjects who died between 1915 and 1980, and whose lives are judged to have ``left the greatest mark on their time,'' according to the author, principal editor of the Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (1982). Great Britons is based mainly on information provided by the DNB. Oxbury has supplemented the entries with material from unpublished DNB files, recent biographies, personal recollections, and other unspecified sources, although no references appear after the entries as they do in the DNB. Fewer people are covered, information is more condensed, and is of a considerably less personal and analytical nature than in the larger compilation. The essentials are provided, however, and entries of biographees selected are more extensive and detailed than those in the Concise DNB. There is an index by occupation that includes people from all walks of life. Cross-references reveal the connections that many of the biographies had with each other. It is somewhat difficult for a biographical dictionary to portray an era, which was part of the author's intention, but this is an attractive, well-written resource that offers a possible alternative to some of the DNB supplements. A good deal of information is given here, in a small space. Recommended for all academic libraries.-J.G. Packer, Central Connecticut State University