The Story of a Wonder Man: Being the Autobiography of Ring Lardner

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Chapter 6
How I Threw Big Party for Jane Austen

IT was at a petting party in the White House that I first met Jane Austen. The beautiful little Englishwoman had come to our shores in response to an attractive offer from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer people, one of whose officers had spelled out her novel "Pride and Prejudice" and considered it good material for a seven reel comedy. Syd Chaplin was at that time with this firm and was slated for the title rôle.

Miss Austen had a few weeks' time to spare before she was due in Hollywood and it fell to my lot to entertain her. I postponed my engagement with President Pierce, whom I intended to interview in regard to my pension as general in the Spanish war, and placed myself entirely at the disposal of the little authoress. She expressed a desire to see the night life of New York and

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