TOOTS SHOR'S SALOON WITH A SOUL by John Bainbridge

TOOTS SHOR'S SALOON WITH A SOUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A good weep into the beer, this well drenched profile of West 51st Street's brash boniface, although there is some effort to balance detraction against fulsome flattery. Here is Shor's aggressive, unbridled personality, his insultproof attitudes, his devotion to sports, his hustling for the big dollar after a series of other, and lower rating, ventures, the boom of his ""saloon"" among all types of people. There is the flamboyance of the favors Shor gives -- and expects -- and gets, his excessive morbidity over the passing of his friends, his lacrimose dependence on ""palship"" and the loyalty of his chosen group, and the shrewd application of personality plus that loyalty which has made him his reputation. Big city notoriety -- ephemeral in the essence.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1951
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin