Bill Brahms of Reference Desk Press (a librarian publisher like myself) has just released his company’s second book: Last Words of Notable People. It is much more than a complement to his previous book, Notable Last Facts, and more likely to find extensive use as a part of a reference collection. There are more than 3500 notable people covered. For each entry, the book provides information on what made the person notable, their dying words, and the literary source for those words. In many cases more than one possibility is given, and in other cases erroneous quotations are corrected. I would call the book a big achievement. Kudos to Bill.
September 24, 2010