[Ads-l] Quote About Wagner's Music

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 20 18:46:56 UTC 2016

In the Yale Book of Quotations I cite "Wagner's music is better than it sounds" to Bill Nye, quoted in Mark Twain's Autobiography.  Subsequently I found "Frank said that he would paraphrase the remark of the critic who said that Wagner's music is better than it sounds" in Thomas Wallace Knox's book _The Boy Travellers_ (1891).  I would welcome any information about pre-1891 occurrences of the quote.

Fred Shapiro

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

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