December 29th.-- First snow today. Settled in to red reading chair to find out what happens to The Provincial Lady in America. Am so glad E.M. Delafield made the trip to The Colonies from her home in Devonshire. Although the ocean crossing was a bit rough (I can sympathize - I too would suffer le mal de mer) once in New York her American book tour begins in earnest. From New York to Chicago by overnight train. Arrives in early morning disheveled and hungry. Met by publisher's representative and holds a signing in the book department of a large department store (Marshall Field's?). Visits the 1932 World's Fair. Is feted with many teas (cocktails) and suppers. Doesn't see any gangsters.
On to Cleveland, Niagara Falls (Note: the Canadian side is prettier), and Boston. Here, through kind intervention of critic and wit Alexander Wollcott, is able to visit the Alcott home (closed for the season) in Concord and is even given guided tour by last living Alcott relative -- a Mrs. Platt. Is big fan of Jo and her sisters and a visit to Louisa May's home is the one thing she wants to do while in America. (Note: Felt unexpected surge of pride for our beloved American author.)
By train to Washington, D.C., more teas (cocktails) and more nerve-wracking appearances at Women's Clubs. (Mem. Based on PL's experiences, remember not to ask questions of visiting authors that they have been asked a million times before.) Sees that George Washington's home is quite lovely (although disappointed to hear that cherry tree story is not true).
Back to New York. Watches movie "Little Women" (starring Katherine Hepburn as Jo) with Mademoiselle, former French nanny (now working for a family living in NYC) of children Robin and Vicky. Much weeping and sniffling at death of sister Beth. (Query: Which of the three movie versions, 1933, '49, or '94, is considered the best? Ans: Will have to rent all three and make own decision.)
Finally sets sail for Home. Weeps when met on arrival by husband Robert and all much-packed-and-unpacked luggage.