Books: Many a Mugful

FRANCOIS VILLON, A Documented Survey— D. B. Wyndham Lewis—Coward-McCann, Edwin V. Mitchell ($5.00). Chosen by the Literary Guild for September, 1928.

Hard it is to look at a Gothic building without a romanticizing ophthalmia, harder still to consider a Gothic personage. Francois Villon is generally conceived to have been a frisking, lyrical scapegrace, much in the manner of John Barrymore's cinema portrayal of The Beloved Rogue, an essentially harmless, buoyant, inspired fellow.* The just biographer must be proof against the delusive magic of medieval names and picaresque histories.

The Man. Villon spoke...

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