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Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists [Hardcover]

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Pages   437
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2007
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596912529  
EAN  9781596912526  

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Complemented by profiles of each author and their aphorisms, an encyclopedic reference features words of wisdom from Voltaire, Twain, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Emily Dickinson, Muhammad Ali, and Mae West, among others, all organized into eight different categories--including Comics, Critics & Satirists, Painters & Poets, and more--and indexed according to author and subject.

Publishers Description
Bestselling expert James Geary's enlightening, entertaining compendium of wit and wisdom, from Sun Tzu to Desmond Tutu—and 350 aphorists in between.
Both an expert and a collector, James Geary has devoted his life to aphorisms—and the last few years to organizing, indexing, and even translating them. The result is Geary's Guide, featuring classic writers like Voltaire, Twain, Shakespeare, and Nietzsche, but also more surprising figures, such as Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, Emily Dickinson, and Mae West. Some of the aphorists appear in English for the first time. But it is more than just a conventional anthology. It is also an encyclopedia, containing brief biographies of each author in addition to a selection of his or her aphorisms. The book is a field guide, too, with aphorists organized into eight different “species,” such as Comics, Critics & Satirists; Icons & Iconoclasts; and Painters & Poets. The book's two indexes—by author and by subject—make it easily searchable, while its unique organizational structure and Geary's lively biographical entries make it different from all previous reference works.
Geary's Guide is eminently suitable for browsing or for sustained reading. A comprehensive guide to our most intimate, idiosyncratic literary form, the book is an indispensable tool for writers and public speakers as well as essential reading for all language lovers.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Excellent collection, good for inspiration  Sep 19, 2008
I originally purchased this book for help in writing my wedding vow. I didn't use it for that but find myself cracking it open for inspiration quite frequently. The index in the back is quite useful when one needs to find aphorisms for a certain specific subject. All in all, a good collection well executed.
always leave them wanting more  Feb 11, 2008
I've been enjoying this book since I got it. It is especially good when you need something that you can pick up and read for a bit but then need to put it down. The brief biographical notes are especially interesting and I would have liked it if they had been more detailed.
Book  Dec 26, 2007
The book was what my fiance wanted, but when t was mailed to me, it had a big scratch across the front!!
book for the boss  Dec 17, 2007
I bought this book for my boss and he seems to be enjoying it quite a bit.
Handy for your reference library  Nov 27, 2007
This book is handy for your reference library, especially if you write for a living, be you an author or lawyer.

The aphorism collection is great, and so are the short bios. But the attempt to fit aphorisms into various artificial categories seemed to reaching for something unnecessary, and one suspects that this book may have been edited up from a masters thesis.

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