THE LEGENDARY MIZNERS by Alva Johnston

THE LEGENDARY MIZNERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Concentrating on Addison and Wilson Mizner, this is a double-barrelled charge of eccentricity and egotism. Fascinating, obnoxious, preposterous, funny, outrageous or amusing -- it all depends on your point of view. Both of them, of a well established California family and with perfectly respectable brothers, were off to see for themselves and ranged from the Yukon to Europe, New York and Florida. Addison finally found his fame as a society architect and much of the boom developments were utterly Spanish because of him, Wilson ranged from criminal activities to legitimate, wrote plays, ran hotels, managed a prize fighter, and had an eye for detachable bank rolls. And when the boom bust -- the Mizners rode their luck fairly successfully as characters, whose enemies were as partisan as their friends. Mad to maudlin careers with achievements blurred by the excess of egocentricity, this mirrors fantastic years, people and incidents. For the reader of more sensational biography.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1953
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Young