HEARST: Lord of San Simeon by

HEARST: Lord of San Simeon

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Three biographies have appeared fairly close together:- one the ""authorized"" one by Mrs. Older; another Imperial Hearst by Ferdinand Lundberg (Equinox) which is a savage stringing together of excerpts from papers, letters, speeches, written by a man obviously a rabid labor union supporter and anti-capitalist. This is the third -- and a good job, if one must write -- and read --about Hearst. Gives a vivid idea of character, tastes, human aspects; an adequate report of his public, business and domestic life; refrains from scandal, though Marion Davies is duly mentioned. The authors evidently want to be objective. Apparently that is impossible, with Hearst, for as they advance they become sarcastic. Even a cold recital of his case becomes in itself muck-raking, and infuriating reading, -- the study of an amoral man, with a strong inferiority complex and a thirst for power.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1936
Publisher: Viking