With over 4,000 entries (including 700 new ones), Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes thoroughly updates and replaces the Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, published in 1985. Anecdotes, which Churchill called "the gleaming toys of history", sparkle with insightinto human nature and the world at large, showing just how diverse the minds of men and women can be. Covering topics as wide as love, war, art, politics, business, the sexes, and entertainment, Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes is the perfect reference workfor public speakers, serious scholars or the casual browser.
Here are the greatest wits of the past century (Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw); familiar names from history (Queen Victoria, Thomas Jefferson, Cleopatra), the arts (Pablo Picasso, Sylvia Plath, Leonard Bernstein), popular culture (John Lennon, Quentin Tarantino, Muhammad Ali) and public life (Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis). General Editors Clifton Fadiman and Andre Bernard have eliminated the most obscure entries from the original edition and added over 700 new ones. Professional athletes, writers, American politicians and movie people are all much better represented in this edition.
As with the previous edition, the book will include an alphabetical index of subjects, for easy cross-referencing, as well as an index of names.