Antedating of schliemiel (1889)

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Feb 23 19:32:57 UTC 2004

I'll double-check the date, but I think the German romantic Adalbert von
Chamisso published his Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte in 1814.

Peter Mc.

--On Monday, February 23, 2004 11:00 AM -0500 Fred Shapiro
<fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> On Mon, 23 Feb 2004, Sam Clements wrote:
>> 14 Oct. 1889  _Sandusky Daily Register_   2/2
>> <<The ancient Israelites called a man who was peculiarly unlucky a
>> Schlemiel.  No matter what his opportunities he was sure to have ill
>> luck. >>
> Here is what appears to be an earlier usage:
> 1870 _Hours at Home_ July 290 (American Periodical Series)  Some of the
> stories have the zest of novelty and quaintness.  That of "Anschel, the
> Schlemiel," for instance, is exceedingly clever.
> [This points to prior use: "But the most characteristic volume of Jewish
> stories which has lately appeared is that entitled _Friday Night: a
> Selection of Tales Illustrating Hebrew Life_.  These stories had already
> appeared in the _Jewish Messenger_, of this city; some of them are
> translations and adaptations, others original."]
> Fred Shapiro
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