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The New Yale Book of Quotations Is Published (Post 3 of 3)

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Fred Shapiro | 9.1.2021 8:01 AM

Immediately after the publication of the original Yale Book of Quotations, readers—some of them scholars, but more of them ordinary quotation-lovers—sent excellent new information to the editor. These discoveries are now incorporated into The New Yale Book of Quotations. The preeminent contributor was Garson O'Toole, who was inspired to create the magnificent quoteinvestigator.com website. The help furnished by the crowd-sourcing resulted in a new volume that not only traces famous quotes to their true origins, but also captures the many famous quotations omitted by other reference works. Below is the third part of the NYBQ's introduction.

The publication of the first edition of The Yale Book of Quotations triggered a remarkable "crowd-sourcing" response by quotation-lovers and researchers spanning the globe. Employing printed books, online searching, and their own memories, many readers emailed, or communicated by other avenues, outstanding contributions of quotations for inclusion or of improvements in information about quotes in the YBQ. The names of the more active such contributors are given in the Acknowledgments above, but special credit needs to be elaborated here for Garson O'Toole.

In 2007 O'Toole became curious about the genesis of the supposed Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times," which Wikipedia had traced back to 1950. He then was able to........

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