2 May (1946): Martha Gellhorn to Eleanor Roosevelt

But Max Perkins, of Scribner’s, who seems to have a sort of literary divining rod, tells me I better do it, that it’s okay, and as the highest compliment ‘I wouldn’t have thought a woman had written it.’ Now why that should please a female writer, I don’t know: in a way, it shocks me that I am pleased, for it’s so unrealistic…

Imagined Conversations (4.28.14)

A: It’s just that yesterday she had a small crisis. She is recovering from an operation. She doesn’t feel well.
B: Unforgivable behavior… I just assumed it would be all roses. She signed a letter of resignation?