National Affairs: The Personalities and the People Who Coinhabit With Great Men

"I wonder if I dare," begins Anonymous, setting out to defy grammar and the social amenities. She has no need to say that she is a woman—he clams are in evidence from the beginning and, like a woman, she apologizes for them. Her anonymity must be respected, but it is quite evident that she has more than a passing familiarity with both society and journalism. Her book* has all the faults of good journalism: flippancy, occasional vulgarity, cleverness, false sophistication, interest.

What is this book? Gossip. Gossip about the wives, homes and eccentricities of...

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