NOT everybody has the stuff to be an art collector; it takes money and taste as well as the urge to collect. Joseph Pulitzer Jr. had all three by the time he was a senior at Harvard. Grandson of the founder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, son of its second editor-publisher, he had been surrounded by art at home from childhood, and had sharpened his taste in four years as a fine arts major. In 1936 Joe Pulitzer made his first leap as a collector, bought Amedeo Modigliani's Elvira Resting at a Table (opposite). For the next two decades he kept...

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