[PW] ? Oscar Wilde Quote (Quotation Query #756)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Fri Nov 25 07:57:06 PST 2016


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


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