The Press: The Pope of Fleet Street

H. G. Wells called him "the most dangerous man in London." Madame Tussaud modeled him in wax. "Hannen Swaffer," said Press Lord Beaverbrook, "is the greatest personality that has walked down Fleet Street in our time." London's World's Press News called him "more abused praised, hated and feared than any journalist living."

Last week, still walking down Fleet Street at 73, abused and hated Hannen Swaffer stalked over to the Savoy for more concentrated praise than he had ever heard at one time. A Who's Who of British press and theater had gathered to...

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