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Keyes, Ralph

Overview
Works: 31 works in 91 publications in 4 languages and 7,444 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terms and phrases  Quotations  Case studies  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN6081, 082
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ralph Keyes
I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses those "verbal fossils" that remain embedded in our national conversation long after the topic they refer to has galloped off into the sunset. Mrs. Robinson, Edsel, "Catch-22", Gangbusters, "Alphonse and Gaston", or "Where's the beef?" are just a few of the "retroterms" that can be found in this word-lover's store of trivia and obscure references
Chancing it : why we take risks by Ralph Keyes( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there life after high school? by Ralph Keyes( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The courage to write : how writers transcend fear by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author discusses the need for courage when beginning a writing career and teaches how to overcome fears writers experience through use of workshops, conferences, and advice from successful authors
The post-truth era : dishonesty and deception in contemporary life by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Research suggests that the average American tells multiple lies on a daily basis, often for no good reason. Not a finger-wagging scolding, The Post-Truth Era is a combination of Ralph Keyes's investigative journalism and solid science. The result is a spirited exploration of why we lie about practically everything and the consequences such casual dishonesty has on society."--Jacket
We, the lonely people; searching for community by Ralph Keyes( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nice guys finish seventh" : false phrases, spurious sayings, and familiar misquotations by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leo Durocher is best remembered for saying, "Nice guys finish last." He never said it. What the Brooklyn Dodgers' manager did say, before a 1946 game with the New York Giants, was: "The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place." Durocher's words lacked pop. Sportswriters perked them up, and gave America one of its most familiar misquotations. Ralph Keyes points out in "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" that many of our best-known sayings, phrases, and quotations are inaccurate, misattributed, or both. During two decades of research, he discovered that: "Any man who hates dogs and children can't be all bad" was said about W.C. Fields, not by him; "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" was the slogan of UCLA coach Red Sanders, not Vince Lombardi; "The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" was adapted from an old saying: "Church ain't out 'til the fat lady sings"; and Winston Churchill did not originate the phrase "iron curtain," and never said, "blood, sweat and tears." Hundreds of such examples illustrate Keyes's Immutable Law of Misquotation: Misquotes drive out real quotes. "Certain things demand to be said," he writes, "said in a certain way, and by the right person. Whether such comments are accurate is beside the point." Keyes confirms that William Tecumseh Sherman didn't say, "War is hell." Nor did he vow, "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." According to Keyes, such words voice observations we want made. Freud may never have said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," for example, but we certainly wish he had. For a misquote to become familiar it must come from a well-known mouth. Take "You can't trust anyone over thirty." Abbie Hoffman, right? Or was it Jerry Rubin? Mario Salvo? Mark Rudd? All have been given credit for this sixties catchphrase. Keyes discovered that its real originator was a student named Jack Weinberg. Remember him? Few do. That's why Weinberg's words were assigned to better-known mouths. Keyes calls this "the flypaper effect." Orphan quotes or comments by unknowns routinely stick to a Churchill, a Lincoln, or a Twain. Other syndromes Keyes discusses include bumper-stickering (condensing a long comment to make it more quotable), lip-syncing (mouthing someone else's words as if they were your own), and retroquoting (putting words in the mouths of famous dead people). Separate chapters focus on misquotes in history, politics, show business, sports, literature, and academia. "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" is a pleasure to read. It's also a first-rate argument-settler. By exhaustively researching the true origins of famous sayings, Ralph Keyes has produced a provocative, authoritative guide to who actually said what."--Jacket flap
The quote verifier : who said what, where, and when by Ralph Keyes( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the origins and accuracy of hundreds of familiar quotations, arranged alphabetically by key word
Euphemania : our love affair with euphemisms by Ralph Keyes( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies the sources of common euphemisms while tracing their historical applications as religious anti-blasphemy tools, demonstrations of gentility, and modern forms of commercial and political doublespeak
Whoever makes the most mistakes wins : the paradox of innovation by Richard Evans Farson( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Chinese and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Success in today's business economy demands nonstop innovation. But fancy buzzwords, facile lip service, and simplistic formulas are not the answer. Only an entirely new mindset - a new attitude toward success and failure - can transform managers' thinking, according to Richard Farson, author of the bestseller Management of the Absurd, and Ralph Keyes, author of the pathbreaking Changing it: Why We Take Risks, in this provocative new work."--Jacket
Sons on fathers : a book of men's writing( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighty pieces of prose and poetry in Sons on Fathers portray Lewis Thomas making the rounds with his doctor father at the age of five; Jimmy Carter as a "pickup boy," fetching the birds his dad shot while hunting; Frederick Exley playing a grueling game of basketball against his father in high school; Nicholas Gage confronting his father's unexpected reaction after he wrecked a car; Paul Hemphill realizing that his truck driving dad was no king of the road; Lawrence Wright reconciling with his father after the birth of his own son; Bob Greene seeing his father in a new light at his retirement dinner; Bill Moyers gaining insight into his seventy-year-old father as they tour their native Oklahoma; and Pat Jordan trying one last time to beat his septuagenarian father at pool. Sons on Fathers also includes John Cheever's story about a son meeting the father he hasn't seen for several years, Robert Bly's poignant poem "My Father at Eighty-Five," and Larry King's classic essay "The Old Man."
The writer's book of hope : getting from frustration to publication by Ralph Keyes( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers," the editor wrote. "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." A century later, John Grisham was turned down by sixteen agents before he found representation-and it was only after Hollywood showed an interest in The Firm that publishers began to take him seriously. The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer's development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper-the subject of his acclaimed The Courage to Write -to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn't nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish. Drawing on his long experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Keyes provides new insight into the mind-set of publishers, the value of an agent, and the importance of encouragement and hope to the act of authorial creation
The wit & wisdom of Harry Truman by Harry S Truman( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The height of your life by Ralph Keyes( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timelock : how life got so hectic and what you can do about it by Ralph Keyes( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unmentionables : from family jewels to friendly fire - what we say instead of what we mean by Ralph Keyes( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wit & wisdom of Oscar Wilde : a treasury of quotations, anecdotes, and repartee by Oscar Wilde( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wit & wisdom of Oscar Wilde : a treasury of quotations, anecdotes, and observations by Oscar Wilde( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vince chi fa più errori : il paradosso dell'innovazione by Richard Evans Farson( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El líder tolerante con el fracaso by Ralph Keyes( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech
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Ralph Keyes American writer

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The courage to write : how writers transcend fearThe post-truth era : dishonesty and deception in contemporary lifeThe quote verifier : who said what, where, and whenEuphemania : our love affair with euphemismsWhoever makes the most mistakes wins : the paradox of innovationThe writer's book of hope : getting from frustration to publicationThe wit & wisdom of Harry TrumanUnmentionables : from family jewels to friendly fire - what we say instead of what we mean