At Home in
New York City
WHEN SHE WAS NOT AT VAL-KILL, Mrs. Roosevelt lived
in New York City. Here she entertained at lunches and dinners;
her guests were prominent people in the arts and public affairs
or, just as likely, friends old and new. Conversation was always
lively; often it turned to politics and international affairs.
ONE DAY EARLY in my friendship with Mrs. Roosevelt, Miss Corr telephoned me to say that Mrs. Roosevelt would like me to come to lunch at her New York apartment the following Wednesday, if that would be convenient. I realized at once that by canceling one of my classes I could accept, so that is what I did.
During the intervening days I anticipated the lunch with a sense of gratitude and deep pleasure. It was a rare privilege to know a completely uninhibited, original, vulnerable human being. My profound admiration for the person she had become was undisguised, even if it was not yet separated from the image of the great lady.