Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Antiquity of Proverbs

Dwight Edwards Marvin - The Antiquity of Proverbs (1922) direct link
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A gathering of information about popular proverbs.  Despite the title there's not much antiquity or even formal scholarship but it is interesting browsing.  So "A rolling stone gathers no moss", "Still waters run deep", "Look before you leap", "Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg" and numerous others get a chapter with references and stories about the proverb, ending with a lists of variant, allied and contradictory proverbs.  (Oddly this book was referenced in a 2014 Washington Post piece - most likely the result of Internet searching rather than something the report pulled off a shelf.)

Dwight Edwards Marvin (1851-1940) was born in Greenwich, New York, ordained as a Congregational minister and held positions around the state.  He wrote Curiosities in Proverbs as well as several religious books.