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Bartlett, John

Born: 1820 AD
Died: 1905 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Writers


1820 - Born on June 14th in Plymouth, Massachusetts. American bookseller and editor best known for his Familiar Quotations.

1836 - 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.

1851 - Married to Hannah Stanfield Willard.

1855 - He owned a store and he published the first edition of his Familiar Quotations, based largely on the notebook that he kept for the benefit of his customers.

1863 - He joined the Little, Brown and Company, Boston.

1894 - Bartlett also wrote books on chess and angling and, after many years of labour, a Complete Concordance to Shakespeare's Dramatic Works and Poems, a standard reference work that surpassed any of its predecessors in the number and fullness of its citations.

1905 - Died on December 3rd in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1992 - The 16th edition appeared with quotes from 340 new people.


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