Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists

Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists

by James Geary

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Overview

Both an expert and a collector, James Geary has devoted his life to aphorisms-and the last few years to organizing, indexing, and even translating them. The result is Geary's Guide, featuring aphorists like Voltaire, Twain, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, Emily Dickinson, and Mae West, as well as international practitioners appearing in English for the first time. But it is more than just a conventional anthology. It is also an encyclopedia, containing brief biographies of each author in addition to a selection of his or her aphorisms. The book is a field guide, too, with aphorists organized into eight different "species," such as Comics, Critics&Satirists; Icons&Iconoclasts; and Painters&Poets. The book's two indexes-by author and by subject-make it easily searchable, while its unique organizational structure and Geary's lively biographical entries set it apart from all previous reference works.
A perfect follow-up to Geary's New York Times bestseller The World in a Phrase, Geary's Guide is eminently suitable for browsing or for sustained reading. A comprehensive guide to our most intimate, idiosyncratic literary form, the book is an indispensable tool for writers and public speakers as well as essential reading for all language lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596917880
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/08/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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.
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.

Table of Contents


Be Sincere, Be Brief, Be Seated     1
Comics, Critics, and Satirists     9
Icons and Iconoclasts     68
Moralists, Major and Minor     109
Novelists and Playwrights     181
Old Souls and Oracles     218
Painters and Poets     259
Philosophers and Theorists     315
Strange Beasts     356
Afterisms     391
Bibliography     393
Index of Aphorists     417
Index of Themes     423

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