A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 15, 1966

When she visited London in 1949 as quite a young girl, Piri Halasz looked at the bomb sites, went to Madame Tussaud's, the Tower of London, Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop, and a pub where she remembers having "a dreary serving of watery mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts." Somehow that wasn't enough to discourage her. She remained a complete Anglophile, majored in English literature at Barnard, wrote her senior thesis on T. S. Eliot, and went back last year to find a better England. It was L'Etoile and Ad Lib and the trattorias in Soho — and a place on...

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