Reverse Symbolism Dictionary

Symbols Listed by Subject, 2d ed.

Second Edition


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About the Book

The only dictionary of its kind, this greatly expanded second edition lists objects, concepts, traits and situations ancient and modern and gives their appropriate symbols. A companion to Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary (2012), this volume presents symbols and their referents in reverse association (but is not simply a reconfiguring of information). Examples: a symbol for “hell” is descending stairs; an attribute of Saint Benedict is a raven; joy after sorrow is signified by the gemstone amber. Ethnic, literary, artistic, religious, heraldic, numerological, folkloric, occult and psychological usages are included.

About the Author(s)

Award-winning author Steven Olderr is a professional librarian living in Oak Park, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Steven Olderr
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 323
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8923-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4669-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews of the first edition:

• “Will help students, researchers and writers discover how things have been represented or symbolized”—Booklist

• “Has no equivalent”—Choice