- Bartlett, John
died Dec. 3, 1905, Cambridge, Mass.U.S. bookseller and editor.Bartlett was an employee and then owner of the Harvard University Bookstore. In 1855 he published the work for which he is best known, Familiar Quotations, based largely on a notebook he kept for his customers. It was greatly expanded in later editions; the 17th edition appeared in 2002. He also wrote a complete concordance to Shakespeare's dramatic works and poems (1894), outstanding for the number and fullness of its citations.John BartlettBy courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.
* * *▪ American editorborn June 14, 1820, Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.died December 3, 1905, Cambridge, MassachusettsAmerican bookseller and editor best known for his Familiar Quotations.At the age of 16, Bartlett became an employee of the Harvard University bookstore, where he became so versed in book knowledge that the advice “Ask John Bartlett” became common on the Harvard campus. Eventually he came to own the store, and in 1855 he published the first edition of his Familiar Quotations, based largely on the notebook that he kept for the benefit of his customers. Later editions of the work were greatly expanded, and, from the fourth edition on, these were published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, which Bartlett joined in 1863. The book went through nine editions in his lifetime and appeared in a centennial edition, the 13th, in 1955. Bartlett also wrote books on chess and angling and, after many years of labour, a Complete Concordance to Shakespeare's Dramatic Works and Poems (1894), a standard reference work that surpassed any of its predecessors in the number and fullness of its citations. In 1992, the 16th edition appeared with quotes from 340 new people.
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