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    Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2001.
    The most up-to-date encyclopedia available contains over 50,000 articles, 40,000 bibliographic citations and 80,000 cross-references.

    The Encyclopedia of World History, 6th ed. 2001.
    Renowned historian Peter N. Stearns’s comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millenia from prehistoric times to the year 2000.

    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed. 2002.
    The 6,900 entries in this major new reference work form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy.

    The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000.
    With 50,000 entries, this most comprehensive encyclopedia of geographical places and features will prove invaluable to anyone for whom places hold fascination and who require accurate data about them.

    The World Factbook. 2003.
    The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring full-color maps and flags of all nations.

    American Heritage® Collection

    American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. 2000.
    Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.

    Roget’s Thesauri

    Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, 3rd ed. 1995.
    Containing 35,000 synonyms in an easy-to-use format, this thesaurus features succinct word definitions.

    Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. 1922
    Mawson’s modernization of Roget’s classic structure with over 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references and 2,900 quotations.


    Bartlett, John. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.
    Including over 11,000 quotations, the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905 keeps most of his original work intact.

    The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.
    The 65,000 essential quotations by 5,000 authors that constitute this authoritative collection represent the research of 154 experts and are divided into 6,500 subjects.

    Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations. 1988.
    The most notable quotations since 1950 contains over 9,000 quotations from 4,000 sources and is organized into 25 categories and 60 sections.

    Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
    The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate.

    English Usage: Language, Style & Composition

    American Heritage® Book of English Usage. 1996
    With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.

    The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.
    This most extensive handbook of the language ever published features over 6,500 descriptive and prescriptive entires with 4,300 hyperlinked cross-references.

    Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King’s English, 2nd ed.
    This reference work has remained a standard resource—serving generations of students and writers with commonsense rules of style and grammar.

    Mencken, H.L. 1921. The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, 2nd ed.
    This classic defines the distinguishing characteristics of the language of the United States.

    Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. 1916. On the Art of Writing.
    This collection of lectures captures the artistic and vital nature of language.

    Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. 1920. On the Art of Reading.
    Rich with insight on the activity of effectual and intelligent reading.

    Sapir, Edward. 1921. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech.
    The classic text on the relation of language and culture.

    Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style.
    Believing that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student or writer.

    Religion & Mythology

    The Bible. 1999. King James Version.
    The culmination of English translations of the Bible by the American Bible Society.

    Brewer, E. Cobham. 1898. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
    Comprising over 18,000 entries that reveal the etymologies, trace the origins and otherwise catalog “words with a tale to tell.”

    Bulfinch, Thomas. 1913. The Age of Fable.
    Revised and enlarged four-volume edition of the classic work on the mythology and fable of the ages.

    Frazer, Sir James George. 1922. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, Abridged ed.
    The classic study in comparative folklore, magic and religion.

    Literary History & Literature

    Cambridge History of English & American Literature (18 vols.). 1907–21.
    The most important work of literary history and criticism ever published on writings in the English language.

    Eliot, Charles W., ed. 1909–17. The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.
    The most popular anthology of the twentieth century comprises 70 volumes.

    Eliot, T.S. 1920. The Sacred Wood.
    Eliot’s collection of essays on poetry and criticism.

    Shakespeare, William. 1914. The Oxford Shakespeare.
    The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse that constitute the unrivaled literary cornerstone of Western civilization.

    Van Doren, Carl. 1921. The American Novel.
    Historical treatment of the development of the “Great American Novel.”

    See Also: Verse & Fiction.


    Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body, 20th ed.
    Featuring 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication.


    Farmer, Fannie Merritt. 1918. The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.
    This landmark American cookbook advocates a no-nonsense approach to cooking for the ordinary person.


    Post, Emily. 1922. Etiquette.
    Pithy advice on every subject of American social life.

    Parliamentary Procedure & Government

    Robert, Henry M. 1915. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.
    The rules of Congress for every deliberative society.

    Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. 1989.
    Illustrated and annotated edition of all Inaugural addresses from George Washington to George W. Bush.

    Bryan, William Jennings, ed. 1906. The World’s Famous Orations.
    Two millennia of Western Civilization come into focus through these 281 masterpieces by 213 rhetoricians. - White and Yellow Pages - White and Yellow Pages, E - Mail lookup, Reverse Directory - Maps and Directions

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Fear not your enemies,
for they can only kill you.

Fear not your friends,
for they can only betray you.

Fear only the indifferent,
who permit the killers and

betrayers to walk safely on earth.

Edward Yashinski,

Yiddish poet who survived the Shoah

only to die in a Communist prison in Poland.