By Alva Johnston
The real-life adventures of Addison and Wilson Mizner, the themes of the Stephen Sondheim musical Gold!
Alva Johnston's joint biography of Addison and Wilson Mizner is a pleasant portrait of 2 of the early 20th century's such a lot smart and notorious rascals. Born within the 1870s in California, the brothers fast rose to prominence in the course of the quite a few booms of the 1920s.
Addison, the elder, used to be a self-made architect and real-estate broker who designed a few of the exceptional houses of the beautifully wealthy in Palm seashore. He might "age" a home and its furniture to any interval his consumer desired--and might pay for. Wilson's adventures have been much more bold and sundry, and his quickly wit used to be mythical. as well as getting wealthy at the Alaskan gold rush, he had careers as a singer, playwright, prizefight promoter, con guy, real-estate salesman, and shady lodge proprietor. might be his most famed quip was once one he brought on being instructed that President Coolidge had died: "How do they know?"
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Talks in half-frightened manner. Naples in little hotel room of Slonimsky's list, given R. in London. Rebellion, stay on in Florence, go Venice, cheap third class .. D. 33 While he was still in Italy in June 1913, two London feminists, Harriet Shaw Weaver and Dora Marsden, began fortnightly publication of the New Freeuioman, with Rebecca Wesf4 as assistant or sub-editor. On his return to London in late summer, Aldington became an active participant in the paper almost at once. This came about after Pound had contrived to establish himself as literary editor.
Theocritus on Capri'). Several pieces date from these months, and show a talent for rhyming, traditional metres, and simple expression; others (which survived into The Complete Poems), such as 'Amalfi' and 'In the Via Sistina' are in 'free form' and 'cadences'. Aldington has an interesting comment on all this in the Introduction to his Collected Poems 1915-1923: I tried my hand at everything from blank verse and rhymed couplets to Spenserian stanzas, ballades, sirventes and villanelles, with fatal facility.
29 In a few rapt pages of Life for Life's Sake this is remembered as a time of flowers, savoured, closely observed (there is even a brief passage parallel to 'Pompeii'); yet, from his point of view, he did not see far enough into things. ' What Aldington meant by this is summed up by a remembered image: 'Heavy serious Germans bearing rucksacks crunched in their huge hob-nailed boots over the pavement of the Piazza and the ancient floor mosaics of St. Mark's' r''' Within 18 months of this Italian tour, he and his country would be at war with these Germans, but for the blissful moment it was 'cieco, cieco'.