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Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by [O'Toole, Garson]
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From the Editor

Never have I been more delighted by a reference book. Put this on a shelf with Lies My Teacher Told Me and Between You & Me and try to go even a day without correcting the name-dropping pretensions of your teachers at the lectern, the politicians in your Twitter feed, your fellow partygoers, or our mass media.

In perhaps the least reliable, most disorganized, and insanely popular corner of our public consciousness, one researcher reigns supreme. A retired computer science professor with a pseudonymous byline, Garson O’Toole, the Quote Investigator, has made it his life’s mission to use the power of the Internet and online databases to meticulously research the historical origins of familiar quotations and to trace the surprising patterns that lead to erroneous attribution and mistaken ideas about our most culturally relevant figures. Perhaps, like me, you’ve read columns in the New York Times or Slate or the Chronicle of Higher Education that for all their factual authority still rely on (and quote) the QI to confirm the seemingly unconfirmable: Did Hemingway really write that six-word short story? Did Martin Luther King Jr. really invent the concept of the “arc of the moral universe” bending toward justice? Did Russell Brand use a real Kafka quote to start his memoir Booky Wook 2?

Designed to exhibit the pratfalls of our intellectual attraction to iconic personalities, thinkers, and artists, as well as the great capacity for knowledge contained in our once far-fetched digital libraries, Hemingway Didn’t Say That is a dip-in/dip-out encyclopedia for everyone who finds inspiration in quotable wisdom and strength in sound research.

- Barry Harbaugh, Editor


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“The book grew out of a wonderful website O’Toole has been conducting since 2010…[O’Toole] brings mad research skills and dogged determination to tracking down the real stories behind famous quotations.”The Chronicle of Higher Education

“In Hemingway Didn’t Say That, Mr O’Toole trains his analytical eye upon a series of well-loved quotations to find their true and unexpected origins. Famous names whom we discover to be not quite as pithy or witty as we thought include Ms Marilyn Monroe, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and (probably one of the most misquoted men ever), Mr Mark Twain.”Mr. Porter

“Garson O’Toole is the Sherlock Holmes of quotation sleuths, and Hemingway Never Said That provides an intriguing, behind-the-scenes look into his case files. A thoroughly enjoyable book on its own, and an essential reference work for those who take their quotations seriously.” —Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Metaphors Be With You

“There is not—and never has been—anyone better at elucidating the early history of quotations than Garson O’Toole.” —Charles Clay Doyle, co-compiler of The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

“When I was compiling the Yale Book of Quotations, I thought that would be my greatest contribution to the quotation addicts of the world. Now I know that my real greatest contribution has been to inspire Garson O’Toole. Anyone who loves quotations, which is just about everybody on the planet, should devour Hemingway Didn't Say That.” —Fred R. Shapiro, editor of The Yale Book of Quotations

“You don't need to be a detective to appreciate all the research that went into this book. Along the way, pay attention to Garson O’Toole's bag of verification tricks. This entertaining book is a must for librarians, professors, journalists, and others who cherish accurate, properly attributed information.” —David H. Rothman, editor-publisher of TeleRead

“[A]n excellent introduction to the subject…of what today might be called literary ‘fake news.’" The Washington Times

"Glorious…seldom is academia in the raw this much fun"Buffalo News, Editor's Choice

"Lovers of quotes will undoubtedly want to keep this book close at hand."Bayou Catholic Monthly

About the Author

Garson O’Toole has researched the origins of familiar quotations for years at www.quoteinvestigator.com. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, and many other publications.


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  • File Size: 12138 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (April 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01K4TXVWA
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