Bliven, Bruce
May 1953
New Republic;5/18/53, Vol. 128 Issue 20, p21
The article discusses the book " The Legendary Mizners: A Portrait," by Alva Johnston, who died three years ago. Johnston was the inventor of the brief, humorous, biographical sketch which achieves its effect by the deadpan juxtaposition of incongruous elements. He did it better than any of his imitators, and he is beginning to be recognized belatedly as the possessor of an authentic comic talent. The Mizners, brothers who flourished in the early decades of century, were ideally suited to the Johnston treatment, having the combination of rascality and eccentricity that always appealed to him. The careers of the brothers finally coalesced in Florida's great boom.


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