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The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin

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For many book lovers, there is no more pleasing start to a book than a well-chosen epigraph. These intriguing quotations, sayings, and snippets of songs and poems do more than set the tone for the experience ahead: the epigraph informs us about the authorand#8217;s sensibility. Are we in the hands of a literalist or a wit? A cynic or a romantic? A writer of great ambition or a miniaturist? The epigraph hints at hidden stories and frequently comes with one of its own.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Aandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;Iandgt;rt of the andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Eandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;Iandgt;pigraphandlt;/Iandgt; collects more than 250 examples from across five hundred years of literature and offers insights into their meaning and purpose, including what induces so many writers to cede the very first words a reader will encounter in their book to another writer. With memorable quotations ranging from Dr. Johnson to Dr. Seuss, Herodotus to Hemingway, Jane Austen to Karl Marx, and A. A. Milne to Marcel Proust, here is a book that allows us a glimpse of the great writer as devoted reader. This lively and distinctive literary companion traces not only the art of the epigraph but the history of the book.

Synopsis:

For many book lovers, there is no more pleasing start to a book than a well-chosen epigraph. These intriguing quotations, sayings, and snippets of songs and poems do more than set the tone for the experience ahead: the epigraph informs us about the author’s sensibility. Are we in the hands of a literalist or a wit? A cynic or a romantic? A writer of great ambition or a miniaturist? The epigraph hints at hidden stories and frequently comes with one of its own.

The Art of the Epigraph collects more than 250 examples from across five hundred years of literature and offers insights into their meaning and purpose, including what induces so many writers to cede the very first words a reader will encounter in their book to another writer. With memorable quotations ranging from Dr. Johnson to Dr. Seuss, Herodotus to Hemingway, Jane Austen to Karl Marx, and A. A. Milne to Marcel Proust, here is a book that allows us a glimpse of the great writer as devoted reader. This lively and distinctive literary companion traces not only the art of the epigraph but the history of the book.

Synopsis:

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: the epigraph informs us about the author’s sensibility. Are we in the hands of a literalist or a wit? A cynic or a romantic? A writer of great ambition or a miniaturist? The epigraph hints at hidden stories and frequently comes with one of its own.

     Edited and with original commentary by Rosemary Ahern, The Art of the Epigraph collects epigraphs from across literature. Featuring the cumbersome but amusing prefaces found in early novels like Don Quixote and Gulliver’s Travels to the crisp and clever epigrams that Hemingway and Fitzgerald made fashionable in the twentieth century, this collection traces not only the art of the epigraph, but the history of the book.

About the Author

Rosemary Ahern is a writer and editor living in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451693249
Author:
Ahern, Rosemary
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-C ends; rough front
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , For many book lovers, there is no more pleasing start to a book than a well-chosen epigraph. These intriguing quotations, sayings, and snippets of songs and poems do more than set the tone for the experience ahead: the epigraph informs us about the author’s sensibility. Are we in the hands of a literalist or a wit? A cynic or a romantic? A writer of great ambition or a miniaturist? The epigraph hints at hidden stories and frequently comes with one of its own.

The Art of the Epigraph collects more than 250 examples from across five hundred years of literature and offers insights into their meaning and purpose, including what induces so many writers to cede the very first words a reader will encounter in their book to another writer. With memorable quotations ranging from Dr. Johnson to Dr. Seuss, Herodotus to Hemingway, Jane Austen to Karl Marx, and A. A. Milne to Marcel Proust, here is a book that allows us a glimpse of the great writer as devoted reader. This lively and distinctive literary companion traces not only the art of the epigraph but the history of the book.

"Synopsis" by , 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: the epigraph informs us about the author’s sensibility. Are we in the hands of a literalist or a wit? A cynic or a romantic? A writer of great ambition or a miniaturist? The epigraph hints at hidden stories and frequently comes with one of its own.

     Edited and with original commentary by Rosemary Ahern, The Art of the Epigraph collects epigraphs from across literature. Featuring the cumbersome but amusing prefaces found in early novels like Don Quixote and Gulliver’s Travels to the crisp and clever epigrams that Hemingway and Fitzgerald made fashionable in the twentieth century, this collection traces not only the art of the epigraph, but the history of the book.

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