Books: What's Familiar?

FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS (1,831 pp.)—John Bartlett—12th Edition Revised & Enlarged by Christopher Morley & Louella D. Everett—Little, Brown ($8).

It is 93 years since Boston's John Bartlett first tried to show "the obligations our language owes to various authors for numerous phrases and familiar quotations which have become 'household words.' " In 1937, when Editors Christopher Morley and Louella D. Everett put Bartlett's eleventh edition together, they went far beyond the founder's original scheme. They tried "to seize also some of the Mindhold Words . . . which the world hardly yet knows it has...

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