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Familiar Quotations A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature   By: (1820-1905)

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In John Bartlett's "Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature," readers are presented with an all-encompassing reference work that has become an indispensable tool for any lover of literature, from scholars to casual readers.

This massive compilation spans a wide range of literary genres and periods, carefully tracing the origins of well-known quotes and expressions. Bartlett's meticulous research and attention to detail are evident throughout, as he provides not only the sources of each quotation but also the contexts in which they were originally found.

One of the book's strengths lies in its organization. Bartlett divides the quotations into eleven thematic sections, such as "Love and Marriage," "Fame and Reputation," and "Religion and Faith." This arrangement allows readers to easily navigate through the book and find quotes relevant to their interests or specific needs.

What truly sets Bartlett's work apart is the extensive range of reference material it covers. From ancient Greek and Roman literature, to Shakespearean plays, to modern novels, this collection leaves no stone unturned. Whether one seeks the elegance of a Shakespearean sonnet, the profound wisdom of Seneca, or the biting satire of Mark Twain, "Familiar Quotations" serves as a treasure trove of literary gems.

Another commendable aspect of the book is its inclusion of lesser-known quotations, often overlooked in other compilations. Bartlett's dedication to presenting a holistic view of literary influence is apparent, making this collection not only a valuable resource but also an enjoyable journey through the annals of literature.

However, it is worth noting that some readers may find the sheer magnitude of this comprehensive collection overwhelming. At over 1,400 pages, "Familiar Quotations" can feel like a daunting tome to tackle. It is best approached as a reference book, to be perused at leisure rather than read cover-to-cover. In doing so, readers can dip into the world of quotations and delve deeper into their favorite authors' minds.

Despite its size, the book's physical design is user-friendly, with clear font and convenient cross-referencing. The inclusion of an index and bibliography further enhances its functionality, making it an essential companion for scholars and researchers.

In conclusion, "Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature" by John Bartlett stands as an extraordinary achievement in the field of literary reference. Its breadth and depth of content, meticulous research, and careful organization make it an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to explore the vast world of literary quotations. Whether one is a budding writer, a seasoned scholar, or simply a lover of language, this book will undoubtedly enrich their understanding and appreciation of the written word.

First Page:

FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS:

A COLLECTION OF

PASSAGES, PHRASES, AND PROVERBS

TRACED TO THEIR SOURCES IN

ANCIENT AND MODERN LITERATURE

BY JOHN BARTLETT.

"I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own."

NINTH EDITION.

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1905.

Copyright, 1875, 1882, 1891, 1903, BY JOHN BARTLETT.

UNIVERSITY PRESS: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

THIS EDITION IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE ASSISTANT EDITOR,

REZIN A. WIGHT.

PREFACE.

"Out of the old fieldes cometh al this new corne fro yere to yere," And out of the fresh woodes cometh al these new flowres here.

THE small thin volume, the first to bear the title of this collection, after passing through eight editions, each enlarged, now culminates in its ninth, and with it, closes its tentative life.

This extract from the Preface of the fourth edition is applicable to the present one:

"It is not easy to determine in all cases the degree of familiarity that may belong to phrases and sentences which present themselves for admission; for what is familiar to one class of readers may be quite new to another. Many maxims of the most famous writers of our language, and numberless curious and happy turns from orators and poets, have knocked at the door, and it was hard to deny them... Continue reading book >>




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