attibution of a quote/exchange

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Oct 7 11:08:02 UTC 2005

On Fri, 7 Oct 2005, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> Miss Ferber, who was fond of wearing tailored suits, showed up at the
> [Algonquin] Round Table one afternoon sporting a new suit similar to one
> No<uml>el Coward was wearing. "You look almost like a man," Coward said as
> he greeted her. "So," Miss Ferber replied, "do you."
>         reported in Robert E. Drennan, The Algonquin Wits (1968)

In posting this I passed over Sam's statement that the anecdote appears in
Margaret Case Harriman's The Vicious Circle (1951).  Are you sure it
appeared there, Sam?  I looked at the Harriman book recently and don't
remember seeing there.  I'll look at the book again.

Fred Shapiro

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