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Quotable women of the twentieth century
Quinn, Tracy.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Wm. Morrow & Co., [1999]

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xvi, 268 pages ; 22 cm
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PN6081.5 .Q64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Women are in places that a hundred years ago would have been impossible dreams--they are heads of countries, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, and major forces in the entertainment industry. The voices of women are more than just being heard now; they are being heeded. This is what Quotable Women of the Twentieth Century is about: the incredible wisdom and insight of women in America and around the world who are shaping our planet's destiny.

In her foreword, Cathleen Black, president of Hearst Magazines, describes why now is the time for this wonderful collection of wise and witty quotations from extraordinary women. Here you'll find clever quips and intelligent insights on subjects including aging, ambition, beauty, marriage, patriotism, work, and more.

Humanitarians like Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, and Princess Diana are featured, as well as scientists and scholars like Marie Curie and Margaret Mead. Artists, writers, and actresses such as Grandma Moses, Anaos Nin, and Bette Davis weigh in with quotable comments.

If you're looking for just the right remark or need inspiration, advice, or even a bit of a laugh, these are the women to turn to. After all, as Mary Pettibone Poole said in 1938, "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is."

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Library Journal Review

An enjoyable, lightweight speaker's resource, this collection has little to offer the serious researcher. The book is topically arranged in 118 categories ("Domestic Life," "Success"), with the number of entries in each category ranging from five to 42. The profession of the person quoted is occasionally noted, but no nationalities or dates are provided. The sources or contexts of a few quotations are mentioned. While most of the quotations are entertaining, they are seldom surprising or provocative. Most of the women are American or British, and they tend to be writers, performers, or politicians. Women activists, including women of color, are represented, but usually with unremarkable, middle-of-the-road statements. Some slapdash editorial choices mar the browsability of the book. In addition to the sporadic biographical and textual information, women from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries appear from time to time. More than once, in categories of fewer than ten entries, the same woman is quoted twice, and in one instance, the same woman is quoted twice with the same quotation. Compared with the many excellent sources of quotations by women available (notably Elaine Partnow's The New Quotable Woman, LJ 6/1/92, and Rosalie Maggio's The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women, LJ 2/1/97), this book is a pallid echo of the wealth of things modern women have to say.ÄVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.