is a short summary or some words of praise accompanying a creative work, usually referring to the words on the back of the book
but also commonly seen on DVD
cases, web portals
and news websites
A blurb on a book or a film can be any combination of quotes from the work, the author, the publisher, reviewers or fans, a summary of the plot, a biography of the author or simply claims about the importance of the work. Many humorous books and films parody blurbs that deliver exaggerated praise by unlikely people and insults disguised as praise.
The Harvard Lampoon satire of Lord of the Rings, entitled Bored of the Rings, deliberately used phony blurbs by deceased authors on the inside cover. One of the blurbs stated "One of the two or three books...", and nothing else.
In the 1980s, Spy Magazine ran a regular feature called "Logrolling in Our Time" which exposed writers who wrote blurbs for one anothers' books.
On the Internet a blurb is used to give a brief description or promotion of an article or other larger work.
- The story of Miss Belinda Blurb at wordorigins.org
- McGlone, Matthew S. (2005). Contextomy: The Art of Quoting Out of Context. Media Culture, & Society, Vol. 27, No. 4, 511-522.