Books: Personality Expansion

The men in Lloyd Cassel Douglas' family have a way of blossoming at the age of 50. His father, a worldly, small-town lawyer for 30 years, suddenly turned preacher. He himself, though he wanted to be a doctor, was also a preacher for three sober decades. In the midst of a series of essays on Personality Expansion Through Private Philanthropy, he decided to write a novel. Magnificent Obsession, published (1929) when he was 52, sold about 225,000 copies. Forgive Us Our Trespasses (1932) and Green Light (1935) sold 267,256 copies. Reason: in his novels...

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