Category Archives: First and Last Lines

First and Last Lines from ICI Library Books

LIBRARY SHELF: In the Company of Educated Women

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Solomon, Barbara Miller; In the Company of Educated Women: a history of women and higher education in America (1985) ICI Shelf: Trotter First Line: “Education, over the last two hundred years, has profoundly changed the contours of women’s lives in … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Coming of the Fairies

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Dyle, Arthur Conan; The Coming of the Fairies (ca.1922) FIRST LINE: “The series of incidents set forth in this little volume represent either the most elaborate and ingenious hoax every played upon the public, or else they constitute an event … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Letters From High Latitudes

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Lord Dufferin Letters From High Latitudes: Being Some Account of a Voyage, in 1856, in the Schooner Yacht “Foam,” to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen (ca.1882) FIRST LINE: “Our start has not been prosperous.” LAST LINE: “Through her white columned halls … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The I Ching or Book of Changes

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Baynes, Cary F. (trans); The I Ching or Book of Changes (1950) ICI Shelf: Cuba First Line: “The first hexagram is made up of six unbroken lines.” Last Line: “The way of the superior man is in the ascendant, the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Trout Fishing in America

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Brautigan, Richard;Trout Fishing in America: a novel (1967) ICI Shelf: LAL First Line: “As a child when did I first hear about trout fishing in America?” Last Line: “P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.” ICI History: First … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Razor’s Edge

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Maugham, Somerset W.; The Razor’s Edge (1944) ICI Shelf: Dante First Line: “I HAVE NEVER BEGUN A NOVEL with more misgiving.” Last Line: “And however superciliously the highbrows carp, we the public in our heart of hearts all like a success story; … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Complete Poetic Works of Hayyim Nahman Bialik

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Efros, Israel; Ed.; Complete Poetic Works of Hayyim Nahman Bialik: Translated From Hebrew (1948) ICI Shelf: Dante First Line: “Hayyim Nahman Bialik appeared when Jewish history began to take a new turn.” Last Line: “Through his free and powerful rhythms, through his … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Joseph Beuys: Zeichnungen Tekeningen Drawings

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Nationalgalerie Berlin, Staatliche; Joseph Beuys: Zeichnungen Tekeningen Drawings (1979) ICI Shelf: Artist Monographs First Line: “Der Ort dieser Zeichnungen weist von uns fort, und er liegt zugleich auch weit von uns fort.” Last Line: “That change came later, with these drawings – there’s a … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Normal and the Pathological

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Canguilem, Georges; The Normal and the Pathological (1991) ICI Shelf: Zone First Line: “The problem of pathological structures and behaviors in man is enormous.” Last Line: “The menace of disease is one of the components of health.” ICI History: First Line, Today at the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Women in Love

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Lawrence, D. H.; Women in Love (1920; reprint 1973) ICI Shelf: Fiction First Line: “Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking.” Last Line: “”I don’t believe that,” he answered.” ICI History: Last … Continue reading

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