I am reviewing the ninth edition of Familiar Quotations printed in 1938. This book is still relevant today. The quotations by the different authors are right on the mark for what is going on in society today. It is refreshing to is a book age like a fine wine - to get better with age. As with any piece of literature that may be one or two that do not fit the bigger picture but my overall assessment is that this book is right on target for todays readers especially those that need a quote to spice things up. It is even good for preachers to refer to for a sermon. I will find uses for this book as it has such potential in so many fields.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-11-01 This canonical reference work, originally published in 1855, soldiers on, seeking out memorable quotations in the midst of these dark ages of rhetoric. Since the last edition in 1992, the pickings have been slim; recent selections are weighted toward bon mots from pop cultural phenomena (Jerry Seinfeld, Larry Clark, J. K. Rowling), irritating catchphrases ("Show me the money!") and laughable attempts to evade rather than achieve clear expression ("It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is"). Fortunately there is still Bartlett's great trove of five millennia of timeless poetry, prose, oratory and epigrams, arranged chronologically and indexed by author and thematic keywords. Kingsley Amis, Mother Teresa and Katharine Graham all make their first appearance in this edition, while the entries for Edith Wharton, Bob Dylan and Vladimir Nabokov have been expanded. This volume should serve as both admonishment and inspiration to writers and toastmasters alike. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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