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The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women

The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women

by Rosalie Maggio

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YA-- Correcting the inadequate inclusion of female quotations in traditional resources, Maggio has compiled 5700 quotes by women. Arranged by subject, the book extends the coverage in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations , (Little, 1980) or Stevenson's Home Book of Quotations (Dodd, 1967). Many quotes are entertaining and witty, providing a less stodgy and formal resource. However, the scholarship on thoughtful topics is of fine quality. Unfortunately, there are no word or source indexes, and no cross references in the subject index, which is simply a list of the topics covered in the body of the work. An interesting discussion in the opening ``Note to the Reader'' suggests ways to eliminate the original sexism of a quotation without changing the intent and still give proper credit to the originator for the thought. Although not without omissions, this should be given consideration by any library wanting full access to a wealth of quotations not available elsewhere. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Some 1,300 women are represented in some 5,000 quotes in a collection useful to speakers, teachers, and others. Arrangement is according to 800 thoughtfully selected (and cross-referenced) subjects; for example, the subject of accidents carries only one entry (from Peter Rabbit), but its identification as a subject of interest to women prompts one to keep an ear open for others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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