Times Literary Supplement Review

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 1 04:20:17 UTC 2013

Fred's review is fantastic. He carefully analyses the strengths and
weaknesses of the latest edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
The new and valuable material that Geoffrey O’Brien, the current
editor, has added to the volume receives praise.

Fred discusses the novel research techniques that have transformed the
field of quotation research with familiarity because he was the
pivotal figure leading these advancements as editor of modern
benchmark reference work The Yale Book of Quotations. He also notes
the superb efforts made by the Oxford English Dictionary editors to
use the large-scale databases built in recent times.

Fred presents numerous examples of the out-dated and inaccurate
information that still resides in some major reference works. This
should be eye-opening to the readers of the Times Literary Supplement.
He generously refers to the American Dialect Society discussion list
and several of its denizens as well as Wombat Thomas Fuller.

Definitely worth requesting and reading with enjoyment.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
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> The Feb. 1 issue of the Times Literary Supplement has an extensive review b=
> y me of the new edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the first review=
>  in the issue.  This constitutes the most thorough presentation I have ever=
>  published of my views on quotation dictionaries.
> In the course of the review, I mention Garson O'Toole, Barry Popik, Stephen=
>  Goranson, Bill Mullins, and the estimable Dictionary of Modern Proverbs.
> For those who have interest in this, I don't have any link to send, but if =
> you contact me at fred.shapiro at yale.edu<mailto:fred.shapiro at yale.edu>, I ca=
> n send a pdf of the proofs they sent me, which should be identical to what =
> is being published.
> Fred Shapiro
> Editor
> YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS (Yale University Press)
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