Misquotation: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

The expression derives from the popular form of a longer statement by the American writer, Mark Twain, which appeared in the New York Journal of 2 June 1897: ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’. The correction was occasioned by newspaper accounts of Twain’s being ill or dead. At the time, Twain’s cousin James Ross Clemens was seriously ill in London, and appears that some reports confused him with Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain).

From Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Image credit: Mark Twain, 1907 (with his kitten), via Wikimedia Commons.