Quote: I shall lose no time in reading it: antedating (1871) (Gladstone 1897) (Disraeli 1898)

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 15 22:51:40 UTC 2010

This does not improve the date, but gets one very close to it: Life,
Feb 9, 1962. http://bit.ly/aR3g5N

The LATimes obit from 1979 also mentioned it, as did many subsequent
publications. Oddly enough, there seems to be a gap between those two
that's not easy to fill.

I hope Garson can do better (of course, the results may be
proportional to the amount of time I spent on this)


On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> Garson,
> Thanks for this splendid research.  Maybe you would be interested in the similar quote, "From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter.  Some day I intend reading it."  This is said to have been a blurb by Groucho Marx on the dust jacket for S. J. Perelman, Dawn Ginsbergh's Revenge (1929).  In my research for the Yale Book of Quotations, the earliest record I found of this was in Show Magazine, Nov. 1961.  Can you (or any other ADS-Ler) find earlier evidence than that?
> Fred Shapiro

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