[Ads-l] Beethoven "Last Words"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 19 20:46:12 EST 2017

Beethoven's "last words" are often said to be "I shall hear" or "I shall hear in heaven" (in German, of course).  I realize that most "last words" are apocryphal and this one is undoubtedly apocryphal, but I would welcome any information helping me to determine what is the earliest occurrence in print of this attributed quotation.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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