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Are You A Bromide? Paperback – September 10, 2010
While You Were Mine
Everything she loved could so easily be lost. Learn More
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The book itself is a mixture of very dry wit and absurdity, and in some ways reminds me of the much later book "Is Sex Necessary" in its approach to describing personalities. Burgess divides people into two groups (Bromides and Sulfites) and spends much time describing the habits of each. He also includes a list of sayings habitually used by Bromides, which may further explain the more modern usage of the word. At the end he carefully explains that both Bromides and Sulfites have their place in life, and encourages tolerance and understanding of the "poor Bromide".
I think the work is intended to be partly serious, as he wrote more serious "self-help" books as well. This copy included some small ads for other books I hope to read someday.
My copy (a fifth printing from 1906) has an interesting design, with "Deco-ist" red scribbles around each page and similar scribbles occasionally occurring between paragraphs. Given that first editions are available relatively cheaply, and the text of the book can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg for free, it's probably not worth buying a "new" copy.
It's certainly a neat little curiosity, and if you enjoy laughing at the modern self-help movement this one is a real gem.