[Ads-l] New Yale Book of Quotations

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 27 23:49:21 UTC 2021

Thanks to Stephen Goranson and Garson O'Toole for their kind words about the now-published New Yale Book of Quotations:


Let me repeat what I posted in March:

"I am deeply appreciative of the help that current and former ADS-L people have given to me since the first edition was published.  My debt to Garson O'Toole is enormous, and I am very proud that the first edition inspired him to embark on a spectacular quotation-researching career of his own.  I also owe much to Charles Doyle, Barry Popik, and Ben Zimmer.  Others whom I list in my Acknowledgments include John Baker, Joel Berson, Sam Clements, Dan Goncharoff, Stephen Goranson, Laurence Horn, Jonathan Lighter, Bill Mullins, Peter Reitan, Jesse Sheidlower, Victor Steinbok, Bonnie Taylor-Blake, and Douglas C. Wilson.  I apologize to any people I neglected to thank."

This edition, unlike the first one, was compiled entirely in the era of explosion of searchable online historical text collections, and the sourcing of many of the entries benefited greatly from the use of such tools (and, not so incidentally, from the heroic researches of Garson O'Toole, Barry Popik, and Charles Doyle).  The other most notable feature of the NYBQ is the spotlighting of a significant number of famous quotations that are commonly attributed to prominent men but were actually originated by obscure women.

Fred Shapiro

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

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