OTHER EVENTS IN 1933 A LITERARY FEAST
THE dinner at the Hotel Plaza in New York, on 4 May 1933 of the Friends of the Princeton Library, was a notable gathering of literary folk. Five hundred and fifty people were present; at the head table sat Burton Hendrick, Michael Pupin, Emory Holloway, T. S. Stribling, Margaret Ayer Barnes, Hamlin Garland, Leonora Speyer, Ernest Poole, J. Harlin O'Connell, Owen Davis, Marquis James, Frank D. Fackenthal, Elmer Rice, Robert Frost, Pearl S. Buck, James Truslow Adams, Nicholas Murray Butler, General Pershing, Philip Ashton Rollins, Edward D. Duffield, Willa Cather, Governor Wilbur Cross, Henry James, Charles Edward Russell, Morrie Ryskind, Oliver La Farge II, Bernadotte E. Schmitt, Hatcher Hughes, Herbert Putnam, Charles Warren, William Cabell Bruce, Henry F. Pringle, Maud Howe Elliott, Charles Howard McIlwain, Allan Nevins, Ira Gershwin. Mr. Rollins, as Chairman of the Friends of the Princeton Library, proposed a silent toast to John Galsworthy, and then introduced President Duffield, J. Harlin O'Connell, and finally me, the new toastmaster. At that moment we went on the air, and I felt like a traffic policeman at a king's garden party; never have I had to hustle along so many distinguished people, in order that they might all be heard over the radio within one hour.
Mr. Henry James spoke on biography, Willa Cather on