[Ads-l] Fw: Oscar Wilde Quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 25 20:36:30 EST 2016


The quip appeared in the caption of a cartoon in April 1902:

Date: April 08, 1902
Newspaper: Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier
Newspaper Location: Ottumwa, Iowa
Cartoon Title: VICE VERSA
Description: One-Panel Cartoon Caption
Quote Page 10
Database: Chronicling America

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86061214/1902-04-08/ed-1/seq-10.pdf

[Begin caption]
"I tell you, my friend, drink is the
curse of the working classes."
"And I tells you work is the curse of
the drinkin' classes."
[End caption]

Garson


On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Oscar Wilde died in November 1900. The two citations below appeared
> after Wilde's death, but before the 1916 citation provided by Fred.
>
> Date: January 28, 1905
> Periodical: The Sporting Times
> Periodical Location: London, England
> Article: Sporting Notes
> Quote Page 1, Column 1
> Database: britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Coming out of the "Victoria" they were discussing Admiral
> Rodjestvensky and the Russian people.
>
> "It's just this in Russia," said an Irish barrister from Calcutta,
> "it's just this way. In Russia work is the curse of the drinking
> classes!"
> [End excerpt]
>
>
> Date: July 22, 1906
> Newspaper: The Philadelphia Inquirer
> Newspaper Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
> A Fin. Ricki's Chat About: Clubs and Clubmen
> Quote Page 8, Column 5
> Database: newspapers.com
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Four well-known young clubmen, two of whom were married, and all
> hailing from Washington, came to Atlantic City on a bit of a tear the
> other day, and at a prominent cafe one evening one of them repeated
> the following toast, apropos of their cases:
>
> "Too much toil with no vacation,
> Justifies a slight libation;
> So here's a toast, now drain your glasses,
> Work in the curse of the drinking classes."
> [End excerpt]
>
> Note: The original text contains a misprint "Work in the curse"
> appears instead of "Work is the curse".
>
> Garson
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
>> ?
>>
>> Saturday Evening Post April 15, 1911 p80 c3.
>>
>> quoted by James H. Collins?
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: Stephen Goranson
>> Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:04 AM
>> To: American Dialect Society
>> Subject: Re: Oscar Wilde Quote
>>
>>
>> 1911 p.59
>>
>> Cutting it out; how to get on the waterwagon and stay there, Samuel G. Blythe.
>> Main Author: Blythe, Samuel G. 1868-1947.<https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Search/Home?lookfor=%22Blythe,%20Samuel%20G.%201868-1947.%22&type=author&inst=> Language(s): English Published: Chicago, Forbes & company, 1913.
>> Subjects: Alcoholism.<https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Search/Home?lookfor=%22%20Alcoholism.%22&type=subject&inst=>
>> Note: "This work originally appeared in the Saturday evening post under the title 'on the waterwagon'."
>> Physical Description: 3 p. l., 9-60 p. 17 1/2cm.
>>
>>
>> Stephen Goranson
>>
>> http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Shapiro, Fred <...>
>> Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 10:59 AM
>> To: ...
>> Subject: [ADS-L] Oscar Wilde Quote
>>
>> In the Yale Book of Quotations I source the quote "Work is the curse of the drinking classes" to Oscar Wilde, Quoted in Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions (1916).  I now believe, however, that there are earlier occurrences not attributed to Wilde.  I would welcome help in finding the earliest occurrence in newspaper databases, book databases, etc.
>>
>>
>> Fred Shapiro
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.americandialect.org&d=CwIFAw&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=uUVa-8oDL2EzfbuMuowoUadHHcJ7pjul6iFkS5Pd--8&m=up3vgQXwMqdYIigi6fkNGGqnESLFMHwCyhtmW9pnc6g&s=67AUFN3LMGwUAJe2o2pMoz7X2WBWHEdrdzwEzGvE1nM&e=>
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