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BARTLETT, John, editor, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 14 June 1820. He was educated in his native town, and began business life as a publisher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1836, succeeding to the management of the business there in 1849, and conducting it for ten years. He was appointed volunteer paymaster in the United States navy in November 1862, and served until July 1863. A business connection was formed with the Boston publishing house of Little, Brown & county in 1865, and he became senior partner in 1878.
He received the degree of A. M. from Harvard in 1871. His best known and most valuable literary work is "Familiar Quotations" (Boston, 1854; 8th ed., 1883). This has been enlarged in each successive edition, and is one of the most valuable of reference-books. His "New Method of Chess Notation " was published in Cambridge in 1857, appearing in connection with the annals of the chess tournament in New York city. His other works are "The Shakespeare Phrase-Book" (Boston, 1882) ; and a "Catalogue of Books on Angling, including Ichthyology, Pis-ciculture," etc. (1882); with a supplement to the latter (1886).
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