issues; the X from Hell

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 9 19:44:32 UTC 2006

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:

> meanwhile, Fred Shapiro's Yale Book of Quotations (p. 458) attributes
> the self-description "comedian from hell" to Lewis, but only as the
> Earliest documented example of the expression “from hell”
> referring a person.

There was an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" focusing on Lewis's quest 
to get into Bartlett's as the originator of this expression.  My own entry 
was a bold attempt, so far unsuccessful, to get a guest-starring 
appearance on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Fred Shapiro

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