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.
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.
(Mrs. Sinclair Lewis to you.)