Burgess, (Frank) Gelett

 (1866–1951) American humorist.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • Gelett Burgess — Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 ndash; September 18, 1951) was an artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist. He was born in Boston, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in 1887. Life Burgess lost… …   Wikipedia

  • Burgess — [bʉr′jəs] (Frank) Gelett [jə let′] 1866 1951; U.S. humorist & illustrator …   English World dictionary

  • Burgess, Gelett — ▪ American humorist in full  Frank Gelett Burgess   born Jan. 30, 1866, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 17, 1951, Carmel, Calif.       American humorist and illustrator, best known for a single, early, whimsical quatrain: I never saw a purple cow …   Universalium

  • Burgess — /berr jis/, n. 1. (Frank) Gelett /jeuh let /, 1866 1951, U.S. illustrator and humorist. 2. Thornton Waldo, 1874 1965, U.S. author, esp. of children s books. 3. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Burgess Shale Burgess Anthony John… …   Universalium

  • Burgess — I. biographical name Anthony 1917 1993 British writer II. biographical name (Frank) Gelett 1866 1951 American humorist & illustrator III. biographical name Thornton Waldo 1874 1965 American writer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Burgess — Bur•gess [[t]ˈbɜr dʒɪs[/t]] n. 1) big (Frank) Gelett, 1866–1951, U.S. illustrator and humorist 2) big Thornton Waldo, 1874–1965, U.S. author …   From formal English to slang

  • blurb — ☆ blurb [blʉrb ] n. [coined ( c. 1907) by BURGESS (Frank) Gelett, for “self praise, to make a noise like a publisher”] an advertisement or announcement, as on a book jacket, esp. one that is highly laudatory vi. Informal to state in a blurb …   English World dictionary

  • blurb — used by U.S. scholar Brander Matthews (1852 1929) in 1906 in American Character; popularized 1907 by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess (1866 1951). Originally mocking excessive praise printed on book jackets. Gelett Burgess, whose recent little… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Charles Albert Murdock — Born January 26, 1841(1841 01 26) Massachusetts Died January 10, 1928(1928 01 10) (aged 86) San Francisco, California Nationality U.S.A. Occupatio …   Wikipedia

  • bromide — compound of bromine and another metal or radical, 1836, from BROMINE (Cf. bromine), the pungent, poisonous element, + IDE (Cf. ide). Used as a sedative; figurative sense of dull, conventional person or trite saying popularized by U.S. humorist… …   Etymology dictionary

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