SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK OF EPIGRAMS AND WITTICISMS by Herbert V. Prochnow

SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK OF EPIGRAMS AND WITTICISMS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This makes the fourth in a group of books designed to supply short cuts to the speaker- or the aspiring speaker- to the apt story, the humorous twist- and now the pithy saying that might lighten the leaven of a speech in danger of falling flat. The chief values as I see it- is not supplying the exact quotation to insert at the exact moment, but to nudge the speaker into realizing the importance of achieving turn of phrase, pungent summary, an epigram he can call his own. Perhaps these -- arranged as they are alphabetically for ready reference- might serve to do just that. But if not, pick your subject, from Ability to Yankee, and you'll find something someone else has said that might help you. It is interesting to note how many contemporary sources he has tapped, and how many names have no claim to fame- but the gift for turning a phrase.

Publisher: Harper