Mrs. Sinclair Lewis to you

In 1930, after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, author Sinclair Lewis began to receive a steady stream of fan mail, from all corners. One woman in particular wrote and offered to become his secretary, adding, “I’ll do everything for you—and when I say everything I mean everything.”

The following brief letter was sent to the young lady in response; not by Lewis, but by his wife, Dorothy.

(Source: Letters of a Nation; Image: Sinclair Lewis & Dorothy Thompson on their honeymoon in 1928, via.)

My dear Miss:

My husband already has a stenographer who handles his work for him. And, as for “everything,” I take care of that myself—and when I say everything I mean everything.

Dorothy Thompson
(Mrs. Sinclair Lewis to you.)