Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Justin Kaplan, General Editor
The back cover of this, the sixteenth edition of Bartlett’s, features ten quotations selected from the more than 20,000 found inside. That Gloria Steinem, Steve Biko, Grace Slick, and Star Trek fans are the sources of four of them indicates what Justin Kaplan, the well-known biographer of Mark Twain, has tried to do here: turn Bartlett’s into a celebration of the adversary culture and the electronic media.
Kaplan’s main task as editor was to choose new quotations and delete old ones from the fifteenth edition, published in 1980. In the course of adding his 1,600 new gems, he promoted 340 previously unquoted authors to immortality and consigned 245 to oblivion. Many of the new quotations are by contemporary voices, and many of these read like the liberal Left’s Hall of Fame.
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