[PW] Request help accessing New York Herald Tribune ProQuest database in 1951 (Variety 1951 would be helpful too)

Graf, Jeffrey C jcgraf at indiana.edu
Wed Nov 4 07:56:35 PST 2015


Here is a citation for the Herald Tribune:

THE THEATERS: Won't Witt Any Ribbons
Kerr, Walter F
New York Herald Tribune Oct 18, 1951; pg. 20

I have the pdf, too, if you want it.


Jeff Graf

Jeffrey Graf
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Subject: [PW] Request help accessing New York Herald Tribune ProQuest database in 1951 (Variety 1951 would be helpful too)

W0mbats: Your aid is requested for the exploration of a famous barb aimed at an actor by a theater critic. Here is a common modern version of the quotation:

He has delusions of adequacy.

Versions of the quotation appear in Cassell's Humorous Quotations (2001), Random House Webster's Quotationary (2001), Oxymoronica (2004), No Turn Unstoned (1983), and other references.

I think the theater critic was Walter Kerr, and the review was printed in The New York Herald Tribune in October 1951. The target text is:

[Begin extracted text]
Mr. Robinson was game, all right. But what is gameness in a man who is suffering from delusions of adequacy?
[End extracted text]

The goal is to gain access to the PDF containing the review so that a complete and accurate citation can be constructed. In addition, verifying the full name of the lacerated actor and the theater production would be useful.

The ProQuest New York Herald Tribune database (in 1951) is apparently available at the following institutions: University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York City Public Library, and Princeton. It is available at other locations, but ProQuest does not release that type of information.

I found a match using the Variety database, but I do not have a subscription to that fine database which costs $600 per year. When my book about quotations is transformed into a Hollywood blockbuster I will gladly pay the subscription fee. Until then . . .

If you have access to the Variety database at varietyultimate.com (or via ProQuest) and can share the PDF for the following article it would be very helpful:

Date: October 24th, 1951
Periodical: Variety
Article: Unknown
Author: Unknown
Database: Variety Page Scans at varietyultimate.com (also ProQuest) (Data obtained from search performed without database access. Page scans were not examined)

[Begin extracted text]
Walter F. Kerr, guest critic of the Herald Tribune, after seemingly being hogtied by "Sleep of Prisoners," hit his stride with the "Ribbons" notice, getting off the prize quip of the week with the observation that Robinson "is suffering from delusions of adequacy."
The reviewer has since maintained a readable, perceptive level in his notices.
[End extracted text]

Thanks for your help,

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