This bibliography is divided into eight sections, the first five of which are limited to studies or collections of proverbs that have appeared as English-language books. Included are sections on bibliographies, proverb journals, important studies on proverbs, international proverb collections that include Anglo-American proverbs, and Anglo-American proverb collections. The last three sections list important essays that deal with American proverbs, small regional and ethnic American proverb collections, and studies of proverbs in American literature.
The most comprehensive investigation of American proverbs available is Wolfgang Mieder American Proverbs: A Study of Texts and Contexts ( New York: Peter Lang, 1989). The fifteen chapters of this book deal with the proverb in general, American proverbs in particular, proverbs of immigrants, proverbs current in various states, proverbs of Native Americans, African-American proverbs, Benjamin Franklin's "Proverbs," proverbs, in prose literature, proverb poems, proverbs in popular songs, wellerisms, proverb parodies, proverbs in comics and cartoons, and proverbs in advertisements; the final chapter discusses the modern American proverb "Different strokes for different folks." Each chapter includes an interpretative essay, a bibliography, and numerous texts in context. A large bibliography, three indexes, and forty illustrations are also included.
Bartlett, John. Catalogue of a Choice and Valuable Collection of Rare Books of Proverbs and Emblems, Dance of Death, etc., Including Many Books Printed in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and Curiously Illustrated Works. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1888.
Bonser, Wilfrid. Proverb Literature: A Bibliography of Works Relating to Proverbs. London: William Glaisher, 1930. Reprint. Nendeln, Liechtenstein: Kraus Reprint, 1967.
De Francis A. Caro, and William K. McNeil. American Proverb Literature: A Bibliography. Bloomington, Ind.: Folklore Forum, Indiana University, 1971.
Mieder, Wolfgang. International Bibliography of Explanatory Essays on Individual Proverbs and Proverbial Expressions. Bern: Peter Lang, 1977.
Mieder, Wolfgang. Proverbs in Literature: An International Bibliography. Bern: Peter Lang, 1978.
Mieder, Wolfgang. International Proverb Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1982.
Mieder, Wolfgang. says Which Appeared in "Notes and Queries"Investigations of Proverbs, Proverbial Expressions, Quotations and Clichés. A Bibliography of Explanatory Es