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

S M Colowick januarye at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 09:34:21 PST 2016


On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 7:57 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> 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.

A 1909 book called Toasts ("comp. by Margaret Waters") seems to
contain an unattributed quatrain that ends with that line.

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uva.x000423490;view=1up;seq=39


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