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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Hardcover – 7 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 17th Revised edition edition (7 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316084603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316084604
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 5.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* First published in 1855, the 17th edition has been completely updated and revised by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Justin Kaplan

About the Author

Justin Kaplan is the author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize for biography in 1967 and Walt Whitman: A Life as well as other works. He lives in Cambridge, Mass. With his wife, novelist Anne Bernays.

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By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I always wondered how speakers knew all those quotations. Now I know. They check "Barltett's Quotations."
This book consists of an extensive collection of thousands of familiar quotations from hundreds of sources spanning the history of the world. Biblical books, literary works, historical figures, authors, politicians, religious figures and even the anonymous all contribute to this vast collection.
The collection is assembled by source, listed, more or less, chronologically. The book contains two indices. In the front, the reader finds the Index by Authors. After the quotations, we find a general index of topics. For each listing in the general index, we find the lead word as a heading with the citation for each lead word with the words which follow it in the quotation.
I have found this book to be a valuable resource on many occasions. Just reading through it educates the reader to the source of many sayings with which we are familiar. When I have been searching my brain for the particular phrase, I have often found it in "Bartlett's". When looking for a witty phrase with which to liven a speech, "Bartlett's" often comes in handy.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who needs a source for quotations for speeches, writings, or just to satisfy your own curiosity.
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By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Er, OK, I'm going to go against the grain here as say I'm a little disappointed with my Bartlett's Book of Quotations.

I can't knock the book itself, per se. It's well presented and easy to navigate etc. And also full of interesting, wise and funny quotes.

My only gripe is that, as a working writer, I bought this book to help inspire ideas and find quotes that I could use in my work as an advertiser. Sadly, I found that the bulk of the quotes in here are ancient and written in 'Ye Olde English', a lot of which are just poetry.

For me, the book seriously lacks more modern, up to date quotes and sound bites to make it useful for what I wanted. However, this is just my personal opinion and it may be perfect for you - depending on the task you have in mind for it.

Certainly if you just want to pass the time perusing some interesting thoughts and quotes - knock yourself out - it'll be perfect. And the book is probably an interesting and useful addition to any bookshelf, I'm sure.

It's just I had a specific task in mind for this when I bought it I guess, and I haven't found a use for it yet - sadly it just sits on the shelf gathering dust.
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Format: Hardcover
Comparing this, the 17th edition of the best known and arguably the most authoritative collection of quotations ("familiar," memorable, or just plain quotable--you choose the terminology), to its predecessor the 16th edition, the question arises, should you upgrade? I own both books and have examined them in some detail. I have used the 16th for many years.
The 17th is set in a new typeface which is both slightly narrower and less bold than that of the 16th. The result is a cleaner look to the pages and more white space. The difference in the number of pages--1431 for the new, 1405 for the old--is slight, and a little misleading. In fact the new addition has more entries--"around one hundred" authors are quoted for the first time, and some authors have additional entries. But the text in the 17th actually takes up less room. Its Index, for example, although it has more entries, has only 564 pages to 608 for the 16th. This is accomplished mainly because the narrower type is also shorter, allowing more entries per column.
The question then is, is the smaller type harder to read? Surprisingly, I would say no. The new type is sharper, crisper and, because the pages have a cleaner appearance, is easier on the eyes. I have a strong suspicion that the publishers--whose investment in this most famous and most important reference work is considerable--tested the readability of their new type before adopting it!
Some additional space, according to editor Justin Kaplan, has been gained by the elimination of "several hundred purely mechanical and nonsubstantive cross-references." For example in the 16th on page 247 is given this quotation from Fredrich von Logau: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.
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By Bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like this book and look for odd sayings to spring on people at work. The index is just large enough to find things that you were not looking for. Nothing punches up a memo better than a relevant quote.

However if you are of limited funds you need to look at Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus ISBN: 0316101389, first. There are not as many good quotes but the combination of Bartlett and Roget's is better by far than either one alone.

Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus
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Over the years I have built a collection of quotations books, and suffice it to say that Bartlett's is by far the most interesting, most comprehensive and easiest to navigate of all the competition. The navigability is a very important feature, and has been significantly improved upon previous editions. This is a critically important feature when you're trolling through nearly 1500 pages of text. The index will direct you to the exact line on the page for the quote you seek, and is organised by keyword and by author. Bartlett's makes for compulsive reading, and will render you an instant know-it-all!
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