from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brief publicity notice, as on a book jacket.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short description of a book, film, musical work, or other product written and used for promotional purposes.
- v. To write or quote something in a blurb
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books)
The former Eurythmics singer has been nominated for the Barclays Woman of the Year Award, which according to the blurb is given each year to an exceptional woman whose personal and public life has been both brave and bold.
Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951) coined both blurb and tintiddle, though blurb is sometimes attributed to Brander Matthews.
Here's the blurb from the Who is Jenna Fox website:
A blurb is kind of the best and worst of a situation don't ya think?
Great covers make me look twice and if the blurb is interesting I'll buy the book!
But this one had a blurb from the editor of ERB-dom.
Your headline for this little blurb is misleading and bad reporting.
Barth's blurb is dutifully included on the back cover of Michael Martone, an example of this book's playful charm but also clear enough warning that we should indeed take the blurb as a formulaic "genre" that ought not to be taken seriously as literary criticism.
Interesting blurb from the NY Times Sunday Magazine about Georgia based polling firm Strategic Vision's alleged propensity for making stuff up.
Here's the blurb from the promo material from the book ...