Quote: Let=?windows-1252?Q?=92s_?=all go to see Miss Hepburn and hear her run the gamut of emotions from A to B! (Jan 6, 1934)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 28 16:17:30 UTC 2013

Addendum about the spelling in the April 25, 1935 article excerpt (see
further below):

The term "daubts" appears in the digital image. It probably was
supposed to be "doubts". Some columnists, e.g., Walter Winchell, used
idiosyncratic spellings. I do not know if O. O. McIntyre used "daubts"
deliberately. It was probably a typo in the original newspaper.

The almanac name given in the article was "Hostetter's almanac" and
not "Hosteller's almanac". The incorrect version I gave previously was
due to an uncorrected OCR error.

Various editions of "Hostetter's Illustrated United States Almanac"
are available in Google Books; however, many are in snippet view. It
is unclear why almanacs from before 1922 are in snippet view. Some are
issues are available in the Internet Archive in full view.

Thanks to Stephen off-list for asking about these spellings.


On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> In 1935 Columnist O. O. McIntyre, gave a hint about the location of
> the precursor to Dorothy Parker's remark:
> [ref] 1935 April 25, North Adams Transcript, Day by Day With O. O.
> McIntyre, Quote Page 4, Column 7, Adams, Massachusetts.
> (NewspaperArchive)[/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> Then there is Mrs. Parker's reputed riposte for Miss Hepburn: "She
> runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. "One daubts somehow Mrs.
> Parker would claim it for its variant appears in an early '80
> Hosteller's almanac. Further the art of repartee, oddly enough, is not
> confined entirely to the Algonquin dining room.
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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