Once upon a time, in New York City, there was a regular gathering of literary wits, novelists, playwrights, essayists, journalists, publicists and humorists at the Algonquin Hotel restaurant. Their first lunch was in June, 1919, and the last in 1929. There has never been another comparable gathering of literary giants in American History. The regulars included such luminaries as Robert Sherwood, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Wollcott, Marc Connelly, Frank Adams, Edna Ferber, Margaret Leech and George S. Kaufman. They referred to themselves as “The “Vicious Circle.” The thought of such a group sipping cocktails while trading barbs and bon mots makes one giddy just to think of it. The Algonquin still stands at 59 W. 44th, near Times Square and one may request dining at the original Round Table.