Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Jan 16 18:34:57 UTC 2003

>         From George Plimpton, _Truman Capote_ (1997), as
> excerpted at
> http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/1297/plimpton/excerpt.html
> , Norman Mailer is reminiscing:
>         >>For example, there was Talullah Bankhead! For
> twenty years she'd been enjoying the coup her public
> relations man had given her when as the legend had it, she
> said to me, "Oh, you're the young man who doesn't know how to
> spell 'fuck.'" For those who are too young to know, it was
> because I had used "fug" in The Naked and the Dead. Of course
> we had never met.<<

I have always heard this story told with Dorothy Parker as the protagonist.
Roy Blount's foreword to Jesse Sheidlower's "The F-Word" attributes the
comment to Parker.

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