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The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin

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A collection of more than 250 epigraphs from across 500 years of literature, a quick and lively way to immerse yourself in the world of books and ideas.

There are few things a bibliophile loves more than an epigraph. Those intriguing quotations, sayings, snippets of songs and poems that appear just before Chapter One do more than just set the tone for the experience ahead:
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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Atria Books
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Fábio Fernandes
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very useful book to me. It's not only a book of epigraphs, but also a book containing precious informations on authors and books. It's not a very big book, and I would have appreciated more information on some of them (for instance, the explanation about the epigraph used by Thomas Merton in his biography The Seven-Storey Mountain was redundant at best, not to say uninformative about the author (something Ahern uses to do rather seriously in most entries). Aside from a few bumps in th ...more
Zoë Danielle
The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin is a collection of those tiny quotes that appear at the beginning of a book, compiled and edited by Rosemary Ahern. In that sense, it is far more like a book of quotations than anything that really delves into the meaning or history of epigraphs, beyond a very short introduction. Based on its title, 'the art', I thought that it would be more than just a collection of epigraphs that the reader could easily discover by flipping open books at the libr ...more
Elisabeth
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was excited about this book, because I love epigraphs. I brushed over them in my younger days, but recently have come to discover how fascinating it is to see how an apt quotation foreshadows and compliments the book or chapter it prefaces. That said, I think epigraphs by themselves, as they're presented in this book, are definitely more rewarding if you're at least familiar with the subject of the book they appear in. With the classics, I had a general idea about even the ones I hadn't read, ...more
LillyBooks
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is simple: a collection of epigraphs that have been used in great works of literature (often coming from other great works of literature) organized by theme. It's essentially a book of quotations that have inspired at least one person. I love a good quotation and it was fun to read these. Occasionally, there are brief descriptors of why a certain epigraph was chosen or about the source material. I would have preferred more discussion and explanation, but a straightforward collection of ...more
Diane
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
it's interesting.
Kestrell
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is really just a collection of epigraphs with no original writing giving any further explanation or exploration of the epigraph.
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