Penelope's Zoo Author:Robert Leigh James No woman really liked Penelope Benton, but that made little difference to her. As the reigning hostess of Washington society, they had to contend with her sooner or later and that was quite enough. — Penelope was attractive, charming, and still in her early thirties. The Sunday evening salon she held for a select group of the most powerful men ... more »in politics made her both a confidante and a participant in the inner circle of government. Her syndicated newspaper column "Penelope's Zoo and her relation with her publisher, Marcus Haywood, created both public and private furor and gave her the means to either excite or suppress as she chose.
Things never just happened to Penelope. From the day she arrived in Washington as a twenty-year-old college girl, she had followed success with an unerring instinct which awed and unnerved cynical Washingtonians accustomed to professional social climbers. Penelope was a phenomenon whom no one seemed able to outguess or outmaneuver, but her final success was even to surprise her.« less