Don't judge a book by its cover
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For the Desperate Housewives episode, see You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (Desperate Housewives). For the song popularized by Bo Diddley, see You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover.
- In George Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss" (1860), Mr Tulliver uses the phrase in discussing Daniel Defoe's "The History of the Devil", saying how it was beautifully bound.
- The preceding version was then publicised by the 1946 murder mystery novel Murder in the Glass Room, in the form of "You can never tell a book by its cover."
- The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed. 2002
- Hirsch, E. D., Joseph Francis Kett, and James Trefil. Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. 3rd ed. 2002. Print. *MLA Format*
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