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The World in a Phrase
     

The World in a Phrase

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by James Geary
 

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Starting with the ancient Chinese and ending with contemporary Europeans and Americans, The World in a Phrase tells the story of the aphorism through spirited and amusing biographies of some of its greatest practitioners, including Emily Dickinson, and Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker; great French aphorists like Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, and Chamfort;

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Starting with the ancient Chinese and ending with contemporary Europeans and Americans, The World in a Phrase tells the story of the aphorism through spirited and amusing biographies of some of its greatest practitioners, including Emily Dickinson, and Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker; great French aphorists like Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, and Chamfort; philosophers like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein; as well as prophets and sages like the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Jesus. In our modern age, The World in a Phrase explores how aphorisms still retain the power to instigate and inspire, enlighten and enrage, entertain and edify.
James Geary is the author of The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
"James Geary's celebration of the smallest-and sometimes wisest-of literary forms. Geary defines the characteristics of aphorisms and discusses their history and their role in his life, and shares the work of renowned aphorists from Buddha to Dr. Seuss."-Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608197620
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,128,849
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James Geary is the deputy editor of Time Magazine in Europe and the author of The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
James Geary is the author of The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism and The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses. He lives in London with his wife and three children. His Web site is www.jamesgeary.com.

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World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book along with ¿Talk to the Hand¿¿sort of my foray into the land of something other than fiction (Brown¿s ¿Da Vinci Code¿ or McCrae¿s ¿Katzenjammer¿) and let me just say that I¿m glad I did. We¿ve all heard these, or at least, most of them¿some are over used and some should be used more. Bottom line: Very well-done book. Geary¿s ¿The World in a Phrase¿ should be on everyone¿s bookshelf.