NEW YORK AND LONDON, HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS, 1899
A story of what is happening when men who think themselves smarter than they are face off against a man who’s smarter than he seems. Set entirely in the dining room of a cheap boarding house, Coffee and Repartee chronicles the clever, funny, competitive table talk of the boarders. Formal credentials and personal pretensions to mental superiority all crumble in the face of precisely the right come-back, time after time.
John Kendrick Bangs (27 May 1862 – 21 January 1922) was an American author, editor and satirist.