By Gary Saul Morson

In this energetic gambol throughout the background of quotations and citation books, Gary Saul Morson strains our enduring fascination with the phrases of others. starting from the distant previous to the current, he explores the formation, improvement, and value of quotations, whereas exploring the "verbal museums" within which they've been amassed and displayed--commonplace books, treasuries, and anthologies. In his trademark transparent, witty, and provocative variety, Morson invitations readers to proportion his take pleasure in the shortest literary genre.

The writer defines what makes a quote quotable, in addition to the (unexpected) alterations among citation and misquotation. He describes how quotations shape, rework, and should ultimately turn into idioms. How a lot of language itself is the residue of former quotations? Weaving in countless numbers of exciting quotations, universal and strange, Morson explores how the phrases of others represent crucial components within the formation of a tradition and of the self inside that tradition. In so doing, he presents an indication of that very method, captured within the pages of this awesome new book.

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