Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman



Here’s a peek at the books about language I refer to while writing.

As One Mad with Wine and Other Stories
The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech
Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang
Oxford Dictionary of Slang


As One Mad with Wine and Other Similes, Elyse Sommer and Mike Sommer, Visible Ink Press, 1990

City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech, Irving Lewis Allen, Oxford University Press, 1993

Dictionary of American Slang, Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner, editors, Crowell, 1980

Latin for the Illiterati: a Modern Guide to an Ancient Language, Jon R. Stone, Routledge, 2009

Macmillan Dictionary of Historical Slang, Eric Partridge, Macmillan, 1974

Oxford Book of Slang, John Ayto, Oxford University Press, 2003

Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit, Wayne F. Hill and Cynthia Ottchen, Three Rivers Press, 1995

Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companion, David Crystal, Ben Crystal, and Stanley Wells, Penguin, 2004

Slang Through the Ages, Jonathon Green, NTC Publishing Group, 1996

Other Subject-Specific Bookshelves