People: People, Aug. 17, 1942

The Literary Life

Richard Allen Knight, Manhattan's bibulous blisterer of the bar, went to the workhouse for 90 days for sending artful excoriations to members of the law profession. The disbarred attorney, who first attracted public attention by standing on his head at the Metropolitan Opera, took with him complete editions of the essays of Emerson and Montaigne. Informed that Knight had been "in a partial state of intoxication" when he wrote the letters, the judge who sentenced him observed:' "A lot of lawyers would like to know the brand he used."

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