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He explains the parts of quotations; types of quotations; the complex struggles and long history of misquotation; plagiarism; quotations as weapons; quoting out of context; wit in quotations; trends and fashion of quotation; self-quotation (guilty as charged!), among many other topics and of course provides numerous well-chosen quotations to illustrate points. There is also information about the various methods used throughout the ages for indicating quotations in print. Did you know that quotation marks did not become widely used until the 18th century?
I was especially interested by the history of quotation collections, including the types of collections (my favorite of the terms being florilegia - "books of flowers" - which are quotation miscellanies); their pioneers, including an interesting section on the famous Mr Bartlett; the burst of quotation publications starting in the mid-1800s; the gradual inclusion of women authors, etc.Read more ›