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    (June 14, 1820-December 3, 1905)
    Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Owned the University Bookstore servicing Harvard
    Joined the publishing firm Little, Brown and Company (1863)
    Became senior partner (1878)
    Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1892)
    Compiled and printed the first edition of 'Bartlett's Familiar Quotations' (1855)
    Oversaw the first nine editions (through 1891)
    The first edition of his 'Familiar Quotations' was almost identical to 'A Handbook of Familiar Quotations from English Authors,' published anonymously in London two years earlier.
    The similarities included massive overlap in the featured quotations, using the same chronological format, and a comparable index, design and layout.
    That might explain why, despite being published in America, Bartlett's first edition quoted remarkably few Americans, omitting the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Patrick Henry, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edgar Allan Poe.
    Bartlett himself never said anything memorable enough to merit inclusion in 'Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.'
    He had read the entire Bible by age nine.
    While working at the University Bookstore, he read almost every book in it.
    By the time of the ninth edition, the last one he edited, 'Familiar Quotations' had grown to four times the size of the original edition, and included quotes from significant numbers of Americans and non-English speakers.
    He also compiled a concordance to Shakespeare's works that has remained a standard.
    He was married to Hannah Willard for 53 years.

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