Quotations are presented alphabetically by the name of the author or speaker. Shakespeare and the Bible, the mother lodes of quotations, are amply represented, but emphasis is on "modern and American materials." Children's authors, who are often ignored in other dictionaries, are quoted here. There are a number of special sections devoted to particular types of quotations, among them advertising slogans, ballads, film lines, political slogans, and radio and television catchphrases. Song lyrics are entered by the name of the composer, and film lines appear either under the film title in the special section devoted to movie lines or, if they originated in a book or play upon which the film was based, under the author of that literary source. Proverbs span the centuries and often include evidence of a saying's first print appearance. A keyword index, an essential element of any quotation dictionary, rounds out the text.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (17th ed., Little, Brown, 2002) has around 25,000 quotations, and Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (6th ed., 2004) has more than 20,000. Although the Yale dictionary is smaller, readers may find it a richer source for familiar names, from Dr. Seuss to Donald Rumsfeld, and for special categories such as advertising slogans and film lines. Quotation dictionaries are an essential part of the reference collection, and this one, with its broad scope and meticulous attention to the origins of the material quoted, will enhance any collection, large or small. Carolyn Mulac
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A most reliable source of quotations. If Fred Shapiro has included it in this beautiful book of quotations, you can depend on its validity and provenance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sanford Lee Jacobs
For me this is a companion to Bartlett's, just as good and sometimes shedding new light on sources for quotations.Published 6 months ago by Thomas A. Lewandowski
very thoughtfully selected not to startle or confirm,
but to cause to pause and (re)consider.
I have not been able to find a better collection —
and I have been... Read more
This is an excellent coffee table book. A very comprehensive collection of quotes from all sorts of notable figures. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeremiah Toller