Q: On Jan. 22, 1882, a novelist visiting Washington from London left the Metropolitan Club and ran into a visiting British wit. Next day he wrote a friend about the encounter: "I went last night to the Lorings . . . and found there the repulsive and fatuous ----, whom, I am happy to say, no one was looking at." But Judge Edward G. Loring's daughter reported to one of her friends that the novelist was "so boring" and the other vistor "so amusing." The novelist had just published the masterpiece of his prime; the wit was on a celebrated, even notorious, lecture tour. Name them.

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Answer to Book Bag #452: Edwin M. Stanton and William Dean Howells.

Winner: Bob Quick, Chevy Chase, Md.