Phrases with "famous"

T. E. Lawrence Zaal led his twenty-five Nowasera, a clan of Auda’s Arabs who called themselves my men, and were famous the desert over for their saddle-camels. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

You all remember Zeno’s famous paradox, or sophism, as many of our logic books still call it, of Achilles and the tortoise. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells He towers there, the most famous man in the country,. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Thereafter he acted as a missionary to the Indians of Massachusetts. While thus engaged he composed his famous treatises, On the Freedom of the Will (1754), and On Original Sin (1758). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Here also we saw the famous cypress mentioned by Humboldt, which is seventy-three feet in circumference. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant stopped short and pulled his companion up as they watched a couple descend from an automobile and cross the pavement towards a famous supper place. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Calling the shop now the Etoile D’Argent after a famous Parisian one in the Rue de Rivoli, he had it entirely redecorated in an attractive style. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang The theory of Adalbert Kuhn, one of the most famous of Sanskrit scholars, and author of Die Herabkunft des Feuers, is directly opposed to the ideas of Mr. Müller. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Well he knew of this Guy of Gisbourne, and of all the bloody and murderous deeds that he had done in Herefordshire, for his doings were famous throughout all the land. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim They discussed the situation, dining at a famous club, on the night of his return. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

John Galsworthy Already famous for having the only roulette table then to be found in Oxford, he was anticipating his expectations at a dazzling rate. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Meredith She knew it; this (apart from the famous promptitude of the Hapsburgs) was one secret of her dauntless readiness to fight. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Virginia Woolf There was a famous man now called Carmichael, she smiled, thinking how many shapes one person might wear, how he was that in the newspapers, but here the same as he had always been. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The excellence of my “Toilet Homoline” was attested by certificates from scores of the saintliest theologians, and I had one in autograph from Badelina Fatti the most famous living soaprano. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Washington Irving Here is still to be seen the famous cypresses of enormous size which flourished in the time of the Moors, and which tradition has connected with the fabulous story of Boabdil and his sultana. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Wilkie Collins They pointed to him as a famous medical man. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Certainly he was not over-given to the praise of famous men. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

It is, indeed, a pretty thought of these people to give to their rising towns the names of places so famous and conspicuous in former times. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Wilkie Collins One of them is drowsy and middle-aged — happy in the possession of large landed property: happier still in a capacity for drinking Mr. Wyvil’s famous port-wine without gouty results. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Others besides Hippocrates are, however, famous for having successfully adopted this practice. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Antipholus and Dromio were sold by them to Duke Menaphon, a famous warrior, who was uncle to the Duke of Ephesus, and he carried the boys to Ephesus when he went to visit the duke his nephew. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

The famous dialogue of Christian and By-ends is only the best—if it is the best—of scores nearly or quite as good. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

William Makepeace Thackeray The carvings of the chimlies, representing the birth of Venus, and Ercules, and Eyelash, is by Van Chislum, the most famous sculpture of his hage and country. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Virginia Woolf But there are others less famous which a little investigation will bring to the surface and show to be of the same nature. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Augustine Birrell Hull was not wholly unmindful of her late and (William Wilberforce notwithstanding) her most famous member. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Daniel Defoe This county, and this part of it in particular, has been famous for the birth of several eminent men as well for learning as for arts and for war, as particularly:- 1. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

He had been a famous bruiser in days of old. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

And this, exactly, was the true history of one of the most famous and momentous quarrels in all the Herries history, so long as events have been recorded. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing Wilfrid rode on, and circled back towards the hostelry famous for chops about the hour of noon. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

It was there that Browne was to interview the famous Johann Schmidt, of whom Herr Sauber had spoken to him in Paris. What the result of that interview would be he could only conjecture. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Paul wanted to see this old and famous actress, and he asked Clara to accompany him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Such is the present condition of the once famous emporium Leukè Kóme. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Morrison I think I have already said, in another place, that Hewitt’s professional start as a private investigator dated from his connection with the famous will case of Bartley v. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Gertrude Stein A famous single candle has a chance to shine so that glaring meant that no more would be reversed by lightning. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Meredith I would hire a lion of a menagerie, if one were handy, rather than have a famous scholar at my table, unsupported by another famous scholar. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson He must have been built somewhat after the pattern of Jack Sheppard; but the famous housebreaker, we may be certain, was no lout. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

However, there is some pleasure in seeing the valley where I imagined the famous duel of Menelaus and Paris had been fought, and where the greatest city in the world was situated. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Thomas Wolfe You have zis famous name — to us you are zis great writer. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This is the Great Snow of 1717, famous for the mountain-drifts in which it buried the whole country. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Guy de Maupassan His social successes had made him as famous as his talent. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Heaven send thee safe out of all thy perils; there be famous fair women yonder to beguile thee, with their faces, as well as men to hash thee with their axes. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins At six years old she was Queen of Sweden, with the famous Oxenstiern for guardian. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

A famous piece of antique scripture representing a priest of that name and his two sons in the folds of two enormous serpents. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

She was never a famous actress; but her beauty had made her the rage. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray I was first in the Whitechapel district, where I stayed for nearly three years, when I was transferred to Jermyn Street and Duke Street — famous places for lodgings. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Henry James I pay the penalty in my headaches, my famous headaches — a perfect circlet of pain! But I carry it as a queen carries her crown. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Charles Dickens How shall I describe him? As one of the most famous practical chemists of the age? That designation will do as well as another — better, perhaps, than most others. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

He is a famous goldsmith, as well as famous as a dealer in precious stones. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Thomas Hughes For he had been a famous back-sword man in his young days, and a good wrestler at elbow and collar. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Mark Twain We have seen famous pictures until our eyes are weary with looking at them and refuse to find interest in them any longer. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Unfortunately this man turned out to be half a rogue, a weak-kneed creature; it was on the strength of his confession that the famous Ferrante Palla had been sentenced to death. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am like that famous Roman emperor we used to read about together. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

It would be treason to hint that we are disappointed in so famous a constellation. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A small crowd pressed around to see the famous Frenchwoman. Peter handed her gravely across the pavement into his waiting car. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Charles Dickens The events which succeeded the famous Revolution of one thousand six hundred and eighty-eight, would neither be easily related nor easily understood in such a book as this. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

From one of the poems of his later years we learn that his mother bore the famous name of Elizabeth, which was also the cherished one of Spenser’s wife. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Jonathan Swif Pratt and I walked into the City to one Bateman’s,15 a famous bookseller, for old books. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Andrew Lang We now give the best attainable version of a yet more famous legend, “The Tyrone Ghost”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

She had been taught by a famous French master at a time when dancing was a fine art, and she had all the stately graces and graceful freedoms of the highest school. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

It was compared with the famous war of the comunidades, in the beginning of Charles the Fifth’s reign. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Virginia Woolf The occasion of the bicentenary of their more famous companion may well lead us to consider in what their greatness, which has so much in common with his, may be found to consist. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

This is the essential argument of Hume’s famous disquisition upon miracles; and it may safely be declared to be irrefragable. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Meredith For them it was the ancestor of their prince; it was the famous dead old warrior of a hundred and seventy years ago set thus in motion. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

It is one of the world’s famous landscapes, and it deserves its fame. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Andrew Lang His manner, I venture to think, is more Homeric than that of the more famous and doubtless greater Alexandrian poet of the Argonautic cycle, Apollonius Rhodius, his senior by five centuries. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

George Meredith You are too famous not to have your troops of watchers. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

When you are on it Cancer is just over your head, and betwixt him and Capricorn is the high-road of the Zodiac, forty-seven degrees wide, famous for Phaeton’s misadventure. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Meredith They sat together conversing, apart from the rest of the company, until they sighted Bevisham, when Mr. Romfrey stood up, and a little crowd of men came round him to enjoy his famous racy talk. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Charles Dickens In one of the suburbs is a plank road — not footpath — five or six miles long, and a famous road it is too. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I dare say that when you are famous they will be of value as specimens of your early manner. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

He had been famous for never looking as though he had been caught unprepared. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Wilkie Collins A man, Julian — especially a famous man like you — ought to know how to control himself. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

He, for one, was tired of small adventures, and he was determined to make the name of Starlight a little more famous before very long. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The wool shorn near the famous Luceria becomes you now antiquated: not musical instruments, or the damask flower of the rose, or hogsheads drunk down to the lees. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

And in his answer he makes the old man impertinently brag:— I cuffing conquered Oinop’s famous son, With Anceus wrestled, and the garland won, And outran Iphiclus. (“Iliad,” xxiii. Symposiacs by Plutarch

William Godwin Among the Chaldeans the most famous name is that of Zoroaster, who is held to have been the author of their religion, their civil policy, their sciences, and their magic. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

I said as little as possible about this, for G.H.Q. did not encourage divisional generals to practise such methods, though there was one famous army commander who made a hobby of them. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle The young man was a famous amateur bruiser, and could fight a round with any professional in London. The old soldier would be a child in his hands. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a famous swordsman and a remarkable pistol shot — so remarkable that three times he starred the kneecap of his man; the most painful injury wbich he could inflict. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Adams The famous story of Pocahontas roused his latent New England scepticism. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle The great island, however, from which the town got its name, lay out some distance from the shore, and contained within its narrow borders the more famous of the temples and public buildings. A Point of Contact by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mark Twain Arriving at the furthest verge of the Plain, we rode a little way up a hill and found ourselves at Endor, famous for its witch. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Florence Dixie Then we got into a mule-tramway, which bowled us along the narrow streets at a famous pace. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Cluffe, who was a bit of a boaster, had bragged, one evening at mess, of his swimming, which he said was famous in his school days; ’twas a lie, but Puddock believed it implicitly. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I stayed where I was, Kate went East. It was at Boston she married Ferdinand Levett. He was touring at that time through the States as acting manager for a famous English comedy company. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Machen I persuaded a friend of mine, a young fellow of literary tastes, that one of the most famous phrases ascribed to Shakespeare was in reality a gag, invented by Mr. F. R. Benson’s stage manager. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had a dim foreboding, realizing that the man who had just performed was a famous radio entertainer. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Mrs. Gaskell The next morning I met Lady Glenmire and Miss Pole setting out on a long walk to find some old woman who was famous in the neighbourhood for her skill in knitting woollen stockings. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Marie Corelli Into a Slough of Despond, such as Solomon experienced when he wrote his famous “Ecclesiastes,” Aubrey sank unconsciously, and — to do him justice — most unwillingly. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Wilkie Collins I am bound to add that he is honorably associated with the famous French receipt for cooking an olive. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Virginia Woolf She came of a Highland race, famous for its chieftains. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

G. K. Chesterton Since she was so emphatically a craftsman, she was emphatically an artist and not an aesthete; above all, she was like that famous artist who said that he always mixed his paints with brains. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Handel Richardson And it was of her kind old face that he eventually succeeded in asking his famous question. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

The village was a holiday resort for the idle, famous for its Bun House, and for Barber Salter’s museum of curiosities. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Andrew Lang Their famous literary adviser, Heinsius, was full of literary jealousies, and kept students of his own calibre at a distance. The Library by Andrew Lang

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now if you will shelter these two innocents whilst I forage we shall make a famous household. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Mrs. Browning’s famous poem, ‘The Cry of the Children,’ gives a more vivid picture of the children’s sufferings than many pages of prose. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Andrew Lang Of all Elzevirs the most famous and the most expensive is an old cookery book, “‘Le Pastissier Francois.’ Wherein is taught the way to make all sorts of pastry, useful to all sorts of persons. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Even now I can’t catch the details, I can’t separate the massed flags, or distinguish the famous generals as they ride by, or the names of the regiments as they pass. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

The Government cancelled those famous contracts, the talk died out, and presently it was remarked here and there that Heyst had faded completely away. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli The Vraibleusian Government, which is so famous for its interpretation of National Law, had arrested the Ambassador for high treason. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Charles Dickens In Hartford stands the famous oak in which the charter of King Charles was hidden. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

This delay, however, somewhat put out Denys’s calculations, and evening surprised them ere they reached a little town he was making for, where was a famous hotel. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle If I marry, I do want to marry a famous man!” “Why should you not?” I cried. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson Museums, picture galleries, famous buildings: all had been scampered through and they themselves worn out, before the first week was over: her ship-softened feet still burned at the remembrance. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Jane Austen My mother says the orchard was always famous in her younger days. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

James Anthony Froude In the midst of the town was a famous and stately palace which Shaddai intended for himself. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Karl Philipp Moritz I was for a long time undecided which way I should go, whether to the Isle of Wight, to Portsmouth, or to Derbyshire, which is famous for its natural curiosities, and also for its romantic situation. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Guy de Maupassan What would he be? Sometimes she hoped he would become a great and famous man. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling In Seventeen Ninety-four ’twas a famous dancing-floor — But it’s not in Philadelphia this morning. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Arthur Machen The famous clown was a worthy, stolid, solid man outside of his clowning. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

John Morley Vice itself, in Burke’s famous words, seemed to lose half its evil by losing all its grossness. Burke by John Morley [1879]

King Arthur is an example; also the Emperor Frederic [Barbarossa] and other famous men who were thought to be alive ages after their disappearance. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Watkin Tench In the list of convicts brought out was Barrington, of famous memory. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Mark Twain We had General Todtleben (the famous defender of Sebastopol, during the siege,) and many inferior army and also navy officers, and a number of unofficial Russian ladies and gentlemen. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Helen Zimmern They met every one worth meeting during their brief stay, and many famous names glint across the pages of the one letter that has been preserved treating of this London visit. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Jonathan Swif The famous first performance was on April 14, 1713. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

His famous chapter on the Roman law has been accepted by the most fastidious experts of an esoteric science as a masterpiece of knowledge, condensation, and lucidity. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

He was a great favourite with the Padre Lorenzo—the famous Padre Lorenzo of whom the Signore had doubtless heard. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Louisa May Alcott I saw Goethe’s house, Schiller’s statue, and Dannecker’s famous ‘Ariadne.’ It was very lovely, but I should have enjoyed it more if I had known the story better. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Oscar Wilde In literature, again, like Lord Beaconsfield on a famous occasion, he was ‘on the side of the angels. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Daniel Hathorne lived to be eighty-five, and expired only on April 18, 1796, eight years and a little more before his famous grandson came into the world. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Charles Kingsley The angels in Cimabue’s famous “Virgin and Child enthroned” are grand creatures, rather stern, but this arose, I think, from his inability to express beauty. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Charles Dickens He was already famous for the pomp of his life, for his riches, his gold and silver plate, his waggons, horses, and attendants. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

I should now like to name the famous persons I saw. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

One thing for which he was becoming famous was his fighting the cause of the farmers against the cattle-dealers. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James In that single phrase without more ado I discovered his famous remedy. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Rudd, the head gardener, was a famous player of cricket, and so was Lord Rufton himself. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

He was undoubtedly the most famous inhabitant. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

William Dampier Not far from that place is Verina, a small village and Spanish plantation, famous for its tobacco, reputed the best in the world. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Charles Dickens It certainly has a great quantity of smoke hanging about it, and is famous for its iron-works. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Wilkie Collins I wish to prepare myself for one of the Universities — I wish to show, if I can, that I am not quite unworthy to inherit my father’s famous name. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins The consequence was, that some of the most famous artists of the English school, whose pictures are now bought at auction sales for fabulous sums, were then hardly able to make an income. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

And so, a short time before Fabrizio’s arrival at the castle, the Marchese had received the star of a famous order: it was the fifth to adorn his Chamberlain’s coat. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Washington Irving Some of their stories turned upon the wonders of the very mountain upon which they were seated, which is a famous hobgoblin region. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

A. E. W. Mason After the third visit Durrance said to her:— “Do you remember that I once mentioned a famous oculist at Wiesbaden? It seems advisable that I should go to him. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

William Black All through his life—even after he had become one of the most famous of living writers—Goldsmith suffered from want of self-confidence. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Anthony Trollope He, however, had died, and our Roscius — Sextus Roscius Amerinus, as he came to be called when he was made famous by the murder — was left on one of the farms down in the country. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Theodore Dreiser It was a famous drugstore, and contained one of the first private telephone booths ever erected. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Nevertheless, one day in the second week of June the coach-and-four turned up — spick and span, and startling and fairylike as Cinderella’s famous vehicle. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

But famous more, as annals tell, Because of Easter Chase: There ev’ry year, ’twixt dog and deer, There is a gallant race. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

He told them they were about to enter on a noble enterprise, one that would make their name famous to after ages. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing The famous ‘Irish Dairy Company,’ soon to occupy a share of public attention, was getting itself on foot. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Matthew Arnold A famous book, Macpherson’s Ossian, carried in the last century this vein like a flood of lava through Europe. I am not going to criticise Macpherson’s Ossian here. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Her famous and much controverted Life of Charlotte Brontë does not belong to us, except in so far as it knits the two novelists together. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

James Joyce Again, in order to remember the date, combatants, issue and consequences of a famous military engagement she pulled a plait of her hair (cf earwashing cat). Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had come for the pleasure of meeting the famous Dutch writer and politician, Mr. Van Jool. The two were already talking intimately. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He glanced at the clock—a very fine, dignified affair with the name of a famous maker on the dial, a clock which was fully in keeping with its austere but seemly surroundings. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. F. Benson But she could not untie the tapes, and as soon as she heard Daisy’s footsteps she became lost in reverie with the book lying shut on her lap, and the famous far-away look in her eyes. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray But these details did not stifle my desire to see the famous mansion of Castle Carabas, nay, possibly excited my interest to know more about that lordly house and its owners. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Those two browns are Mr. White’s famous buggy horses. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The man had written a famous book on the British Constitution and had a European reputation; but this was Dougal’s pet subject, and he suddenly hurled himself into the fray. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D. H. Lawrence In England almost any such road, among the mountains at least, would be labelled three times dangerous and would be famous throughout the land as an impossible climb. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Rudyard Kipling A learned and famous philosopher. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I propitiated him, I fancy, by disposing of my L500 according to his advice; he laid it out for me, on what he said was famous security, on a landed estate. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

But it would be vain to dwell further upon this wonderful and famous chapter, except to note the extraordinary sublimity and serenity of its general tone. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

W. H. Hudson This pleasure greatly surpasses that which I receive from other flowers far more famous for their fragrance, for it is in a great degree mental, and is due to association. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Jonathan Swif Lord Nottingham,10 a famous Tory and speech-maker, is gone over to the Whig side: they toast him daily, and Lord Wharton says, It is Dismal (so they call him from his looks) will save England at last. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

John Morley His sallies against the economists were forgotten, and he now entered into the famous controversy of the free trade in grain with all his usual fire. Voltaire by John Morley

Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum— whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Leslie Stephen Nothing delighted him so much as rubbing shoulders with any famous or notorious person. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

These readings are only less famous than his writings, so prodigious was their success. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

William Makepeace Thackeray Tagrag was in brass armor (my City connections got him that famous suit); his Excellency in polished steel. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

To free herself from the madly amorous speeches of this boy, and to change the topic of conversation, she praised a famous picture by the Parmigianino, which hung over the high altar of the chapel. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Nathaniel Hawthorne Old Tomaso has a story that it was copied by a famous sculptor from the skull of that same unhappy knight who loved the fountain lady, and lost her by a blood-stain. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Henry James To find my poor boy so handsome, so prosperous, so elegant, so famous — and ever to have doubted of you! What must you think of me? You’re our guardian angel, sir. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Indeed, the only question is whether with the lapse of years he will not, like other writers as famous in their day, become yet more of a mere name. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Virginia Woolf Mine, I seem to remember, was about a novel by a famous man. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Henry Handel Richardson My papeh has heard all the most famous singers. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

There was a faint music of bells — from Islip church behind them, from the famous Wood Eaton Flageolets, and a distant murmur from the Oxford towers. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson The rest may have admirers; she only, a famous fair one, counts lovers in her train. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Such was the famous battle of Otompan, or Otumba, as commonly called, from the Spanish corruption of the name. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The grave of our beloved poet is sunken to the level of the common earth, and is only marked by the quaintly lettered, simple stone bearing the famous epitaph. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Gertrude Stein They were however all very grateful to her in later years because after all practically everybody who later became famous had sold their first little picture to her. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Benjamin Disraeli He turned round; it was Mr. Beckendorff, with a face deadly white, his full eyes darting from their sockets like a hungry snake’s, and the famous Italian dagger in his right hand. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

G. K. Chesterton The man walking with the lady was no other than the eminent Prince Borodino, who was at least as famous as a distinguished diplomatist ought to be, in the interests of what is called secret diplomacy. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

There are surely many women who at some stage of their life, paraphrasing the famous phrase, might well exclaim, “I think, therefore I am—a woman. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Henry James The photographs were usually things I knew,—large views of Switzerland, Italy, and Spain, landscapes, copies of famous buildings, pictures, and statues. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins You stay here, of course, now you have come back?” Once more the famous pulpit orator seemed to find himself in the inconceivable predicament of not knowing what to say. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Van Helmont, in particular, published a work on the effects of magnetism on the human frame; and Balthazar Gracian, a Spaniard, rendered himself famous for the boldness of his views on the subject. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang His famous book, Commentarias Reales, contains the most authentic account of the old Peruvian beliefs. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

To him the famous criminal lawyer was as a god, a being made up of wisdom and knowledge. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

When he wrote his famous vindication of the first volume of the Decline and Fall he was acting in self-defence, and repelling savage attacks upon his historical veracity. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Meredith Each then repeated to the boys a famous exploit of his hero. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle Dead man was identified as Rodger Prescott, famous as forger and coiner in Chicago. Killer Evans released in 1901. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Meredith Cumnock offered to cheer him with a song of Captain Chanter’s famous collection, if he liked; but Morsfield gesticulated abhorrence, and set out at a trot. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

William Hazlitt The famous cuckoo-song closes the play; but we shall add no more criticisms: ‘the words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo’. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Isabella Bird The Sabz Kuh, or “green mountain” range, famous for the pasturage of its higher slopes, terminates in Sultan Ibrahim, and unites at its eastern end with the Kuh-i-Kaller, a range somewhat higher. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray The other head boys are Lawrence the captain, Bunce, famous chiefly for his magnificent appetite, and Pitman, surnamed Roscius, for his love of the drama. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

Done to a turn on the iron, behold Him who to be famous aspired. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Thomas Wolfe Now, the Pine Rock case is famous in Old Catawba, but the names of its chief actors had been almost forgotten when the book appeared. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

His lord and king he found all bleeding, famous chief at the lapse of life. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

The famous mosque, of course, we were not allowed to enter, but many of its marble pillars and other ornaments, we heard from Giovanni, were the spoils of Christian churches and Pagan temples. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Picking himself up, he calmly resumed his coat and stooped for the famous weapon. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Bram Stoker It also represented dyeing in scarlet and was the place of origin of Giles Gobelin, a famous dyer who gave his name to the Gobelin tapestry. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edith Wharton After luncheon Mr. Roosevelt, with a good deal of simple amusement, showed us the photographs taken of himself and the Emperor William during the famous German manoeuvres. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

To go to see Cousin Dorcas, as they had been told to call her, was an exciting event to Laura and Edmund, for they hoped to be shown her famous telegraph machine. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

John Morley The famous quarrel with the President de Brosses about the fourteen cords of firewood is a worse affair. Voltaire by John Morley

William Makepeace Thackeray By the side of one of the most astonishing color-pieces in the world, the “Worshipping of the Magi,” is a famous picture of Paul Veronese that cannot be too much admired. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

When I got to the bottom I found that the burn was the merest trickle, not the strong stream of the Skyre, which is a famous water for trout. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan