The Press: Monocled Journalist

On the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1910 was a brilliant young reporter who was so sensitive that a bad concert which he covered one night gave him a splitting headache, forced him to quit work early. Ten minutes after he left the building the McNamara boys blew it up, killing 21 men. That was the first occasion when illness brought luck to Willard Huntington Wright.

Wright moved East, wrote books and criticism, grew a beard, affected a monocle. He went to work for The Smart Set, a sort of pretentious pulp, became its editor and transformed it into what...

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