[Ads-l] Fw: Oscar Wilde Quote

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Nov 25 16:16:23 UTC 2016


Saturday Evening Post April 15, 1911 p80 c3.

quoted by James H. Collins?

From: Stephen Goranson
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:04 AM
To: American Dialect Society
Subject: Re: Oscar Wilde Quote

1911 p.59

Cutting it out; how to get on the waterwagon and stay there, Samuel G. Blythe.
Main Author: Blythe, Samuel G. 1868-1947.<https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Search/Home?lookfor=%22Blythe,%20Samuel%20G.%201868-1947.%22&type=author&inst=> Language(s): English Published: Chicago, Forbes & company, 1913.
Subjects: Alcoholism.<https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Search/Home?lookfor=%22%20Alcoholism.%22&type=subject&inst=>
Note: "This work originally appeared in the Saturday evening post under the title 'on the waterwagon'."
Physical Description: 3 p. l., 9-60 p. 17 1/2cm.

Stephen Goranson


From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Shapiro, Fred <...>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 10:59 AM
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Subject: [ADS-L] Oscar Wilde Quote

In the Yale Book of Quotations I source the quote "Work is the curse of the drinking classes" to Oscar Wilde, Quoted in Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions (1916).  I now believe, however, that there are earlier occurrences not attributed to Wilde.  I would welcome help in finding the earliest occurrence in newspaper databases, book databases, etc.

Fred Shapiro

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

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