The Legendary Mizners

Book by Alva Johnston

  • Published: Jul 31, 2020

The real-life adventures of Addison and Wilson Mizner, the subjects of the Stephen Sondheim musical Gold! Alva Johnston's joint biography of Addison and Wilson Mizner is a delightful portrait of two of the early twentieth century's most clever and... read more

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Details of The Legendary Mizners

Exact title of the book
The Legendary Mizners
Book author
Alva Johnston
ISBN
9781466807983
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 25, 2003
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

The real-life adventures of Addison and Wilson Mizner, the subjects of the Stephen Sondheim musical Gold! Alva Johnston's joint biography of Addison and Wilson Mizner is a delightful portrait of two of the early twentieth century's most clever and infamous rascals. Born in the 1870s in California, the brothers quickly rose to prominence during the various booms of the 1920s.

Addison, the elder, was a self-made architect and real-estate dealer who designed many of the fantastic homes of the fantastically rich in Palm Beach. He could "age" a house and its furnishings to any period his client desired-and would pay for. Wilson's adventures were even more daring and varied, and his quick wit was legendary.

In addition to getting rich on the Alaskan gold rush, he had careers as a singer, playwright, prizefight promoter, con man, real-estate salesman, and shady hotel owner. Perhaps his most famous quip was one he delivered on being told that President Coolidge had died "How do they know?"

About author

Johnston (1888-1950) wrote for many newspapers and periodicals, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, in which his profiles of Addison and Wilson Mizner first appeared. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for his reporting. Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was a social realist painter best known for his crowded New York City scenes.

He was also one of The New Yorker's first cartoonists and created murals for several federal buildings.

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