An author’s greatest pleasure

An author’s greatest pleasure is sincere praise from other authors. They, more than anyone else, realize what it takes to put together a work, be it a novel,  a work of detailed research, or any other genre, consisting of hundreds of pages which captures to attention of the reader and makes it difficult to lay down once started.

When I saw the reviews that two of my accomplished author friends had posted on Amazon, I was deeply honored and humbled.  Lee Pennington, a retired University of Louisville, KY professor, poet and three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Literature wrote the following about Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!

By Lee Pennington on September 23, 2016
Stanley J. St. Clair’s “Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions” Vol. II is a masterpiece!
Be prepared to delay your own work when you get hold of this book. It will take away your focus from whatever you’re doing at the moment and send you on a delightful journey through a world of discovery. It’s a total delight to sit and read where our most used expressions actually came from, where they were first used.
This book will be around for years to come and will be used over and over by those wanting to know where those little sayings came from. It will be a very special tool for many, many people and will never be far from hand when they want to look something up.
All the sayings are in alphabetical order so it’s so easy to look up that expression you’re so familiar with and wanted to know its origin. Everything is there from “an ace up one’s sleeve” to “it‘s a dog’s life” to being on the “wrong end of a stick.”
I could go on and on, but if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to get back to the book and look up a few more expressions.
This book is a must for your library!
Lee Pennington
Gail Deiderich, a retired school teacher and writer for the Tampa Bay Times posted the following:
By Gail Diederich on September 22, 2016
Stan St. Clair has done it again! He has provided an intriguing, interesting and extremely well done compilation of expressions used in language. Whether one is a reader, a writer or simply one who enjoys using oral language effectively in conversations, this book is a treasure to have in hand at all times. This is Volume ll and makes an excellent companion/continuation of what St. Clair did in Volume l. For the person who appreciates the richness of expressions in language, this book satisfies like no other that I have found. Beyond all of this, it is a highly enjoyable book to simply pick up for a relaxed moment and discover the meaning of phrases, their origins and the history that supports many. Both volumes are impressive with their large number of entries, all well documented. I hope there will be a Vol. lll. I’ll be first in line to get a copy.
A dear researcher friend of mine in London, UK, sent me an email which included the following:

Dear Stan,

I do not know whether to praise you or kill you because ever since  Volume II arrived I have been unable to put it down which means my own work has had to be put aside.  It is the best book you have written so far.  I particularly like the overall composition of the book and, in particular, the care you have taken to give the origins of the various expressions.  Truly a commendable and memorable piece of writing which must represent thousands of hours of work


This book, and the original volume make excellent Christmas gifts and they are available on Amazon worldwide.