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The Words of Others: From Quotations to Culture

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In this lively gambol through the history of quotations and quotation books, Gary Saul Morson traces our enduring fascination with the words of others. Ranging from the remote past to the present, he explores the formation, development, and significance of quotations, while exploring the "verbal museums" in which they have been collected and displayed--commonplace books, t ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Yale University Press
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Lauren Albert
Aug 31, 2012 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it
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Why do we quote? How do we quote? When are we misquoting and when are we quoting but it just doesn't happen to match with the extract of the work we are quoting? Does a quote change if it originates with someone different from the one we thought said it? When something said in a movie becomes a popular quote, should it be attributed to the character, the actor, the screen writer or the novelist who wrote the original story? Morson deals with so many questions and complications that my head was s ...more
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A very delightful journey among the "words of others". I enjoy Mr. Morson's sense of humour.

"nihil dictum quod non dictum prius, methodus sola artificem ostendit" (from The Anatomy of Melancholy) -we can say nothing but what has been said, the composition and method is ours only...
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