I first read the book in galleys some months ago; the finished edition carries a blurb from me on the back cover.
Shteyngart sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss the book, the art of the blurb, and, yes, teaching James Franco.
He always gave me quotes for my books, knowing that a blurb from him was as valuable as a great review.
That first connection over a love of words convinced Goldstein to have her editor ask Pinker to blurb her next book.
Even the patron saint of teenage girls, Judy Blume, is featured on the back cover with a blurb for the book.
Her first book, Poems, was published in 1944, with a blurb from Eliot, her editor at Faber.
Matson read that blurb in an official press release and laughed cynically.
It—it's just the sort of thing we call a 'blurb,' Miss West!
Herman had the wild thought that they were blurb writers whose jobs had gone to their heads.
Front matter consisting of a blurb and a list of other publications by the author has been moved to the end of the text.
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 book, "Are You a Bromide?" has been referred to above, then entertained the guests with some characteristic flashes of Burgessian humor. Referring to the word "blurb" on the wrapper of his book he said: "To 'blurb' is to make a sound like a publisher. The blurb was invented by Frank A. Munsey when he wrote on the front of his magazine in red ink 'I consider this number of Munsey's the hottest pie that ever came out of my bakery.' ... A blurb is a check drawn on Fame, and it is seldom honored.["] ["Publishers' Weekly," May 18, 1907]
A statement in praise of something or somebody; esp an encomious passage from a book or theater review, used as advertising
[1910+; said to have been coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator; also attributed to Brander Matthews (1852–1929), US scholar and critic]