[Ads-l] New Yale Book of Quotations

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 9 16:53:01 UTC 2021

Wonderful news, Fred. The much anticipated second edition of Yale Book
of Quotations will establish the new standard in quotation

Your efforts are paramount because quotations are the gems of human
culture that have been carefully quarried and polished by numerous
hands over many centuries: the wittiest quips, the greatest insights,
the cleverest banter, the sharpest observations, the funniest jokes,
the most heartbreaking verities, and the highest aspirations.

Fred's comment about famous quotations crafted by obscure women
indicates why researching quotations is so enjoyable. The researcher
is solving a series of tricky whodunit mysteries while overcoming
confounding red herrings.

Thanks to all the helpful list members, and congratulations on the
mysteries each of you has solved in the world of quotations, phrases,
and words.


On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 6:51 AM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> After 14 years of work, the New Yale Book of Quotations now has a page (not yet fully fleshed out) on the Yale University Press website, and a publication date of August 31:
> https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300205978/new-yale-book-quotations
> 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, Andrew Steinberg, Victor Steinbok, Bonnie Taylor-Blake, and Douglas C. Wilson.  I apologize to any people I neglected to thank.
> I will wait until the book comes out to further comment on its distinctive features, but I will mention now one thing I consider to be particularly noteworthy: I spotlight a significant number of discoveries I made about famous quotations that are commonly attributed to prominent men but were actually originated by obscure women.
> Fred Shapiro
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