The Press: Knight's Gambit

Fortnight ago one of Manhattan's most fabulous characters, known to every reporter in town yet mentioned rarely and discreetly in the press, blew the lid off his own story by standing on his head at the Metropolitan Opera House. By so doing, in the midst of a brilliant host of spectators who had gathered to celebrate opera's seasonal opening, Richard Allen Knight became news.

Dick Knight was a Texas boy, with a big body, big head, and big ideas about getting on in the world. He went north to study law at Harvard. In...

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