Books: Boies Would Be Boies

POWER AND GLORY, The Life of Boies Penrose — Walter Davenport — Putnam ($3)— Many a rough, brutal life is epitaphed into marmoreal propriety; but this biography of hardboiled, cynical Boies Penrose fits its subject. From the typical disillusioned newspaperman's attitude, with no kinship to the polished Lytton Strachey school, Power and Glory sets forth briefly, competently, in blunt, sensational journalese, the true story of a bold, bad man.

The late Boies Penrose (1860-1921), born to wealth and position in Philadelphia, Harvard-educated, wanted to be a leader but disliked respectable people. So he...

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