[Ads-l] Quote: What fresh hell can this be? (antedating Dorothy Parker - probably 1970)
adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 5 11:43:26 EDT 2017
Way back in July 2010 Fred Shapiro asked about a collection of remarks
attributed to Dorothy Parker. Now the Quote Investigator website has
an entry about the following saying:
What Fresh Hell Can This Be?
Great thanks to Fred R. Shapiro and Denkof Zwemmen whose inquiries led
QI to formulate this question and perform this exploration. Also,
thanks to discussants Jonathan Lighter and Mark Mandel.
On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 4:56 AM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The challenge is to antedate the 1988 date for the following Dorothy
> Parker quotation: What fresh hell is this?
> There is a close variant of the quotation attributed to Parker in a
> book dated 1970 by Google Books. The same book is referenced by the
> Yale Book of Quotations and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations using
> the 1970 date. I will try to check it on paper in the coming days.
> Circa 1970, You Might as Well Live: The Life and Times of Dorothy
> Parker by John Keats, GB page 124, Simon and Schuster, New York.
> (Google Books snippet view; Not verified on paper; Citation may be
> inaccurate; Worldcat agrees with date; Oxford and Yale Quotation books
> cite this book with a 1970 date)
> If the doorbell rang in her apartment, she would say, 'What fresh hell
> can this be?' — and it wasn't funny; she meant it.
> A similar expression is used sardonically in 1928 by famed New York
> newspaper columnist Oscar Odd McIntyre.
> 1928 June 29, Olean Times, "New York Day by Day" by O. O. McIntyre
> Olean, New York. Page 5, Column 1. (NewspaperArchive)
> There's an idea—bathtub bookracks. More entire glass building fronts.
> What's become of feather boas? Brass sign. "Pituitary Science." What
> fresh hell is that? A plump dowager without a yapping Peke.
> Plus for a limited time only a free bonus quotation:
> 1906 July 8, Anaconda Standard, News Values, Page 4 Part 2 (NArch Page
> 24), Column 2, Anaconda, Montana. (NewspaperArchive)
> But journalism proverbially is fertile in expedients and when there is
> no fresh hell to serve, it does the next best thing and dishes up some
> warmed-over hell.
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