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  • She wrote her dissertation on T.S. Eliot.
  • Oliver Stone used the dissertation as the basis for his film, "JFK".
  • ( The trader misconstrued the tenor of the discourse; but the missionary, inured by years of humorless dissertations, soon put him right.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In one of his rambling dissertations on what’s good and what’s bad for Yamacraw, he intimated that his formidable array of hardware was added insurance that the natives would never venture into his compound uninvited.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Echoes of my college dissertation rattled about in my head with the filing-card rhythm of scholarly blank verse.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Baba would enlighten me with his politics during those walks with long-winded dissertations.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • For her PhD dissertation, she built a system called "Storytelling Alice."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • ROXANE: In telling his love? why, ’tis not simple telling, ’tis dissertation, ’tis analysis!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 2 (2005), and Duncan Wilson, " ’Make Dry Bones Live’: Scientists’ Responses to Changing Cultural Representation of Tissue Culture in Britain, 1918–2004," dissertation, University of Manchester (2005).
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • When his inspiring dissertation was finished, he gave the men the colors of the day still one more time, stressed the angle of approach and reviewed the weather conditions again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • He was a lawyer, member of the Bar Association, and author of a respectably long-winded but exceptionally tedious dissertation on finance law.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He left behind him five or six very curious manuscripts; among others, a dissertation on this verse in Genesis, In the beginning, the spirit of God floated upon the waters.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Besides his duties as a junior surgeon at the Red Cross Hospital, he now had to spend every Thursday across the city at the University of Hiroshima, to chip away at his doctoral dissertation on appendicial tuberculosis.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • No; by your brilliant and almost sublime conversation you have elevated me above the ordinary level; we no longer talk, we rise to dissertation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was the lamp he wrote his philosophical dissertations by.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • And here be it said, that whenever it has been convenient to consult one in the course of these dissertations, I have invariably used a huge quarto edition of Johnson, expressly purchased for that purpose; because that famous lexicographer’s uncommon personal bulk more fitted him to compile a lexicon to be used by a whale author like me.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • So therefore many learned dissertations could be written which in actual fact contain no really new conceptions.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The original thesis of his dissertation had been just that: the advantage of simplifying the human organism.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It sounded too much like a doctoral dissertation, and he had already done one of those.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The time before I quit the University, just a few months before I was supposed to finish my dissertation for the Ph.D. in American History.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • At this moment in his speech he went off into a dissertation on Grushenka’s "first lover," and brought forward several interesting thoughts on this theme.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Towards this end, indeed, he had purposed to introduce, in this place, a dissertation touching the divine right of beadles, and elucidative of the position, that a beadle can do no wrong: which could not fail to have been both pleasurable and profitable to the right-minded reader but which he is unfortunately compelled, by want of time and space, to postpone to some more convenient and fitting opportunity; on the arrival of which, he will be prepared to show, that a beadle properly…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • There were long dissertations written in long hand; some were political and others dealt with the history of art.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The sequel, ’The Pilgrim Continues His Way,’ is mostly a dissertation in dialogue form on the whys and wherefores of the Jesus Prayer.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • And since dissertations can be written about everything under the sun, the number of topics is infinite.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Dwight gave the conference a short dissertation on the mines and on his lack of knowledge.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Tansley had had to go in and write his dissertation, he said.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • I could give a long dissertation about facial classifications, and softened features, but I won’t.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Her tired tongue got a chance to rest, now; for the King’s, inspired by gnawing hunger and the fragrant smells that came from the sputtering pots and pans, turned itself loose and delivered itself up to such an eloquent dissertation upon certain toothsome dishes, that within three minutes the woman said to herself, "Of a truth I was right—he hath holpen in a kitchen!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Like Ashoke, busy with his teaching and research and dissertation seven days a week, she, too, now has something to occupy her fully, to demand her utmost devotion, her last ounce of strength.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • In two months I have to defend my dissertation and become a full-fledged doctor, and I feel as cool as a cucumber.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The painter in his confident English gave little dissertations on his finished and unfinished subjects, seeming to observe Mr. Casaubon as much as he did Dorothea.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Let me imagine myself back, then, at the day of Maisie’s death—or rather at the moment of Florence’s dissertation on the Protest, up in the old Castle of the town of M——.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • An incident which happened about this time will set the characters of these two lads more fairly before the discerning reader than is in the power of the longest dissertation.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They all knew that her field work in quest of dissertation would soon take her beyond the Web, into the Outback where time-debt ate away at the lives and memories of those left behind.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • On my first day back home, I sent an e-mail to Cathy Silber, a professor at Williams College, who in 1988 did field research on nu shu for her dissertation, to say how impressed I was that she had lived for six months in such an isolated and physically uncomfortable area.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Skin-the-Goat, assuming he was he, evidently with an axe to grind, was airing his grievances in a forcible-feeble philippic anent the natural resources of Ireland or something of that sort which he described in his lengthy dissertation as the richest country bar none on the face of God’s earth, far and away superior to England, with coal in large quantities, six million pounds worth of pork exported every year, ten millions between butter and eggs and all the riches drained out of it…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The first to do so was the now defunct Examiner, which, in the impression bearing date July 15, 1876, entitled one of its articles "The Wessex Labourer," the article turning out to be no dissertation on farming during the Heptarchy, but on the modern peasant of the south-west counties, and his presentation in these stories.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The effect of his scientific budget-planning was that he felt at once triumphantly wealthy and perilously poor, and in the midst of these dissertations he stopped his car, rushed into a small news-and-miscellany shop, and bought the electric cigar-lighter which he had coveted for a week.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Your last, that dissertation on architecture, was perfectly awful— so "highbrow" that I picture you living in an intellectual and emotional vacuum; and beware of trying to classify people too definitely into types; you will find that all through their youth they will persist annoyingly in jumping from class to class, and by pasting a supercilious label on every one you meet you are merely packing a Jack-in-the-box that will spring up and leer at you when you begin to come into really…
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • His wordy dissertation got on Larisa Feodorovna’s nerves.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Tererai has finished her course work and is completing a dissertation about AIDS programs among the poor in Africa.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • At the time, he’d just found a publisher for his first novel, The Narwhal Horn, while my mom was pregnant with my brother and trying to finish her dissertation.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • All the talk about dolphins, all my reading, speculating, including a long philosophical dissertation on their hypothetical dreamsongs as a religio-diagogical form of Indus, for what?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • But the excellent Professor was so accustomed to beaming countenances at his lectures, that he believed he saw all his audience laughing during the delivery of his learned dissertation.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Debating clubs are to a certain extent a substitute for theatrical entertainments: an American cannot converse, but he can discuss; and when he attempts to talk he falls into a dissertation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "But of course an even more important Cause is—and I was one of the first to advocate it—having a Secretary of Health and Eugenics in the cabinet at Washington—" On the tide of this dissertation they were swept through a stupendous dinner.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The parties separated, Richard holding a close dissertation with Mr. Le Quoi, as they descended the stairs, on the subject of psalmody, which he closed by a violent eulogium on the air of the "Bay of Biscay, 0," as particularly connected with his friend Benjamin’s execution.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • It was entitled "A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain."
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Prudence thereupon launches into a long dissertation on the advantages of riches, the evils of poverty, the means by which wealth should be gathered, and the manner in which it should be used; and concludes by counselling her husband not to move war and battle through trust in his riches, for they suffice not to maintain war, the battle is not always to the strong or the numerous, and the perils of conflict are many.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
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