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Announcing the Yale Book of Quotations App

Finding the right words has never been easier. Do you want to learn what political figures, literary scholars or singers have to say about their fields? Do you want to share with your friends and colleagues the inspiration you get from various public figures over the dinner table? Or do

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Looking back at the year in quotations

Each year, Fred Shapiro, editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, compiles a list of memorable quotations from the past twelve months. An entertaining mix of political missteps, slick advertising lingo, and plain old nonsense, his 2009 list adds some levity and perspective to the year in review. Recently, Shapiro

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A correction from Fred R. Shapiro on the notable quotations of 2008

The Yale Book of Quotations list of the most notable quotations of 2008 has been covered on this blog and by the Associated Press and many other media picking up the AP story. Professor Jeffrey Frankel, a distinguished economist at Harvard, has pointed out that it was he, not Paul

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WSJ names Yale Book of Quotations an “essential” reference

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal added additional acclaim to the long list of praise for Fred Shapiro’s Yale Book of Quotations. In his list of essential reference books for the home library, Boston University librarian Donald Altschiller ranked the Yale Book of Quotations as second only to the World Almanac

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Shapiro blegs for the Freakonomics blog

Stephen J. Dubner of the New York Times’ Freakonomics blog invited “blegs” from the readers–or, “questions that the Freakonomics readership could collectively answer well.” The inaugural bleg–did Clint Eastwood’s ever say “Read my lips”–was answered with the help of Yale Press’ own Fred R. Shapiro, editor of the “wonderful” Yale

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Choice annual list includes 26 Yale Press books

A publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Choice, recently announced its list of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2007. This list, released on January 1, “reflects the best titles reviewed by Choice in 2007 and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.” Yale

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Fred Shapiro names year’s top 10 quotes

As 2008 approaches, Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, looked back on all of the quotes, soundbytes, and catchphrases that made an impact in 2007. Now, Shapiro has prepared a top ten list of the most memorable quotes, Reuters reports. Shapiro’s number one for 2007

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Book Review Call for Quotation Submissions

This weekend’s New York Times Book Review devoted the “TBR: Inside the List” column to discussing The Yale Book of Quotations, specifically the relative dearth of quotations from recent literature. Dwight Garner says, “A lot’s been written already – most of it deservedly positive – about the new ‘Yale Book

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Notable Quotations of 2006

Posted by Fred R. Shapiro, Editor of The Yale Book of Quotations: Below are the quotations that I have selected as most notable of the year 2006.  It should be noted  that these are not necessarily eloquent or admirable quotations (most of them are not eloquent or admirable), rather they

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2006 PSP Awards for Excellence

We are pleased to announce that two Yale University Press books have been recognized by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division of the Association of American Publishers. Vietnam: A Natural History by Eleanor Jane Sterling, Martha Maud Hurley and Le Duc Minh won a PSP Award for Excellence in

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