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Johnston, Alva, The Legendary Mizners, Marsh, Reginald, New York, Farrar, Straus & Young, 1953, 8vo (8.5" x 5.75"), HB, lt blue cloth bds w/ blue decorative spine titles, VG- / VG-. Owner's dedication in blue ink on ffep. DJ spine faded, chipped at extremities, edgeworn, light soiling & scarring to rear, 1.5" closed tear to rear top edge.

304 pp. B/W illustrations. A collection of profiles written for the New Yorker.

Gambler, playwright, con man extraordinary, Wilson Mizner was a by-word to his friends and cuss word to those who felt the slash of his wit. He wrote little, yet his irreverent words have achieved immortality. Here are the astounding, picaresque, just-this-side-of the law adventures of a man to whom life was a race to be won (if fixed) and cards to be played (if stacked).

This is also the story of Addison Mizner, Wilson's younger and soberer brother, who was an exact--if impatient--observer of his brother's follies. Alva Johnston's last literary legacy--finished just before his death--is the remarkably gaudy record of two men who were less than great but greatly loved in an era as young in heart as it was impure in spirit.
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