DRAT SADDAM A MAD DASTARD is worthy of ranking among the classic English-language palindromes and yet no one seems willing to claim authorship. By contrast, ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA is grudgingly attributed to Napoleon even though such an authority as Howard Bergerson, in his Palindrome and Anagrams (Dover, 1973), hints that the notoriously modest Leigh Mercer may have had some association with it.
"The Imperial Sotadic Legacy,"
Word Ways: Vol. 29
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol29/iss4/7