The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism

By: Geary, James

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For lovers of words and seekers of wisdom, a lively history of aphorisms the shortest and oldest written art form and the intriguing people who have penned them, from the Buddha to Emily Dickinson.

Starting with the ancient Chinese and ending with contemporary Europeans and Americans, "The World in a Phrase" tells the story of the aphorism through spirited and amusing biographies of some of its greatest practitioners: Americans like Ambrose Bierce, Emily Dickinson, and Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker; great French aphorists like Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, and Chamfort; philosophers like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein; as well as prophets and sages like the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Jesus. Though it's an ancient art form, the aphorism is as spritely and as apposite as ever. Challenging and subversive, aphorisms deliver the short, sharp shocks of old forgotten truths. They are literature's hand luggage: they're light and compact, you can take them anywhere, and they contain everything you need to get through a rough day at the office or a dark night of the soul. But more than just a literary history, "The World in a Phrase" is a personal memoir of how aphorisms changed Geary's life and how, if not for an aphorism by W.H. Auden, he might never have met his wife. In our modern age of drive-through culture, pre-digested soundbites, and manufactured sentiment, "The World in a Phrase" explores how aphorisms still retain the power to instigate and inspire, enlighten and enrage, entertain and edify."

Title:: The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism

Author:: Geary, James

Categories: Reference,

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA: November 2005

ISBN Number:: 1582344302

ISBN Number: 13: 9781582344300

Binding:: Hardcover

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 166987