New England in a Nutshell: Quotations about the People, Places, & Particulars of Life in the Six New England States

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9781889833453: New England in a Nutshell: Quotations about the People, Places, & Particulars of Life in the Six New England States

Over 300 quotations old and new capture the essence of New England in this new collection from the editors of Commonwealth Editions.

The New England Image

"There’s little question that Vermont (particularly Vermont), Maine, Boston, and Cape Cod, are, together, responsible for the New England image. New Hampshire just doesn’t fit in." —Judson Hale, Sr.

Weather and the Seasons

"One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it." —Mark Twain

New England Character

"There is nothing a New-Englander so nearly worships as an argument." —Henry Ward Beecher

Yankee Humor

"How many Vermonters does it take to change a lightbulb?" "Three. One to change it and two to argue over why the old one was better." —Vermont joke

The Educated Yankee

"Gentlemen, you are about to play football for Yale against Harvard. Never in your lives will you ever do anything as important." —Yale football coach T. A. D. Jones

The New England Landscape

"New Hampshire is one big forest." —Bill Bryson

Boston

"In New York, the women walk as though in the rain; in Boston, many women stroll." —André Dubus

Yankee Cooking

"Every New England girl who lived within sound of the sea, four or five generations ago, counted a chowder kettle as an essential part of her ‘setting out.’" —Ella Shannon Bowles and Dorothy S. Towle

Sense of Place

"Vermont is my birthright. People there are happy and content. They belong to themselves, live within their income, and fear no man." —Calvin Coolidge

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From the Publisher:

In publishing books of New England, we realized that we had seen no collection of quotations that describe just what we mean when we say "New England." What words, when read or spoken, evoke the New England image?

Debra Woodward asked for this book, and Penny Stratton brought it in on time. Among the editors who helped collect these words were Tim Lane, Linda Frahm, Liz Nelson, and Tim Clark. Edie Clark helped collect quotations, divided them into appropriate categories, and wrote the section introductions.

Janet Theurer and James F. Brisson developed designs and graphics that evoke New England as much as the quotations do. Jill Atkinson, Laura Tawater, Elizabeth Muller, Emma Stratton, and Sam Stratton helped with the myriad tasks of book production.

Webster Bull
Commonwealth Editions
August 2002

From the Inside Flap:

What is New England all about, and why do so many cherish it so much? What exactly is a Yankee? And why are so many of them Red Sox fans?

Thought-provoking, laugh-provoking, here are over 300 quotations capturing the essence of life in New England. Weighing in are everyone from Captain John Smith to Louisa May Alcott to Car Talk’s Ray Magliozzi. Together they capture New England’s cherished places, personalities, institutions, and idiosyncrasies.

"There is no section in America half so good to live in as splendid old New England & there is no city on this continent so lovely & loveable as Boston." —Mark Twain

"A Connecticut River Valley farmer . . . was told that his farm . . . was really in New Hampshire, instead of in Vermont as he’d always thought. ‘Thank God,’ he said, ‘I didn’t think I could stand another one of those Vermont winters.’"

—Evan Hill

"A man was cleaning the attic of an old house in New England and he found a box which was full of tiny pieces of string. On the lid of the box there was an inscription in an old hand: ‘String too short to be saved.’" —Donald Hall

"Without going against Nature and abso-lutely defying the seasons, Rhode Island climate has as many variations as the solar system will permit." —WPA Guide to Rhode Island

"Most people can live in Maine for years without learning what hot really means; some of them may never learn unless they leave the state." —John Cole

"Massachusetts! A word surrounded with an aura of hope! A state with a soul! There is gathered up into her name the brilliant program of a new world." —Wallace Nutting

"In no other part of the country are the rich so cheap. " —John Sedgwick

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