[Ads-l] Quote: I have nothing to declare except my genius (1910) attributed to Oscar Wilde

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 17 10:06:26 EST 2022


Nice work, Garson.

But surely Wilde, who had an outstanding sense of meter, would have said
"but" rather than the disyllabic "except"?

JL



On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 9:54 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations to researcher John Cooper. He has uncovered the
> earliest known evidence for the quotation in the subject line. He
> announced the discovery on his website "Oscar Wilde in America".
>
> https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog/2022/01/16/something-to-declare/
>
> The quotation appeared in 1910 within "The Oscar Wilde Calendar"
> compiled by Stuart Mason (pseudonym of  Christopher Sclater Millard
> according to Cooper). The calendar is accessible via HathiTrust. Here
> are the details for the citation.
>
> [ref] 1910, The Oscar Wilde Calendar: A Quotation from the Works of
> Oscar Wilde for Every Day in the Year with Some Unrecorded Sayings
> Selected by Stuart Mason, Quotation for January Four, Quote Page 7,
> Frank Palmer, London. (HathiTrust Full View) link [/ref]
>
>
> https://hdl.handle.net/2027/inu.32000001009895?urlappend=%3Bseq=13%3Bownerid=13510798897925460-17
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> At the New York Custom House: “I have nothing to declare except my genius.”
> [End excerpt]
>
> Previously, the earliest known evidence occurred in 1912 within "Oscar
> Wilde: A Critical Study" by Arthur Ransome.
>
> A Quote Investigator article about this quotation will be posted in
> the coming days (or weeks).
>
> Garson O'Toole
> QuoteInvestigator.com
>
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