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A witty and wide-ranging anthology of snubs of each variety--from literature and from life--most genuine, a couple of apocryphal, all memorable. integrated during this assortment are a few selection put-downs via such celebrated prior masters as William Shakespeare, Woodrow Wilson, Groucho Marx, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and Winston Chruchill.

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