Item description for Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes by Clifton Fadiman & Andre Bernard...
Overview Presents a series of short anecdotes by and about more than 2,000 people from around the world, including selections from notable politicians, artists, musicians, athletes, movie stars, celebrities, and rock legends.
Publishers Description Anedcotes entertain, highlight history and reveal character. William Ellery Channing even claimed that, One anecdote of a man is worth a volume of biography. A good collection of anecdotes shows just how diverse people's minds can be. Bartett's conducts the reader on an informal tour through history and human nature at their most entertaining and instructive. Featuring more than 2000 people, past and present from around the world, in all fields of endeavour, the short anecdotes provide insights into the human character. They range from the humorous to the solemn, spanning ancient history, recent politics, modern science, and the arts. Each entry includes a brief biography followed by one or more notable, lively and insightful anecdotes. This volume is a handy reference for students, a resource for public speakers and a bookshelf pot pourri for the curious browser, offering something for almost everyone.
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Studio: Little, Brown and Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 2.3" Weight: 3.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 21, 2000
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 0316082678 ISBN13 9780316082679
Availability 0 units.
More About Clifton Fadiman & Andre Bernard
Fadiman is one of America's most respected writers and editors.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes?
One of my favorite books Mar 27, 2008
I must admit, I have had this book either by my bed or (forgive me!) in the bathroom for at least 20 years and am on my third - the other two worn out from too frequent reading. Lots of wonderful tidbits on just about anyone you can think of in history/literature/the arts/music. Highly recommended.
Great Book! Prompt Shipping Sep 11, 2005
Has something in it for EVERYONE literally and for every occasion, you'll never be at a loss for words with this book!
a thousand good quick reads Jan 24, 2004
I enjoyed this book throughly! It's an excellent resource for speech writing or for creating your own personal fables (to be passed on through conversation and lessons). I also liked how many of the stories were cross referenced when multiple people were involved, and how a few of them were retold in different ways when listed under different people.
My only complaint... (and this is a big one!) is that the list of celebrities and historical figures is extremely westernized. There are only a handful of eastern and middle eastern people represented. Even Eastern Europeans are greatly outnumbered by the British and American figures. And god forbid that we include anyone from the Southern hemisphere. I'd like to see more variety in the next edition, or even a companion book with some 'minority' focus in it.
geat aid for trivia buffs & students Sep 10, 2000
BARTLETT'S BOOK OF ANECDOTES is not this reviewer's normal work having mostly stayed with fiction. In fact, I had no plans to write a review, but my spouse was leafing through the book and started laughing. Motivated to take a look and not let it be a coffee table piece, I started to read some of the quotes from famous, not so famous (at least in my circle) and infamous people throughout history. I found myself intrigued, enjoying the comments that are often serious and obtaining additional pleasure from a brief biography of the contributor. In fairness, I have not finished the anecdotes, but read a few each night to simply relax as the book reminds me of A&E's "Biography for the Millennium" even though there are contributors from before 1000 AD. However, though entertaining and a remarkable research book, readers need to consider the price vs. the value before purchasing this tome.