by IRVIN S. COBB
The reporters from a great reporting age have been writing their books. Now at last comes the story of Irvin S. Cobb, the greatest of them all, the ace of aces.
In all modesty of statement, here is a case where the last shall be first; for it is not only one of the grandest books of recollections you ever read, it is one of the grandest books. Irvin S. Cobb is one of the most famous newspapermen in the world. He is one of the most famous short-story writers. He is one of the most famous humorists. He is one of the most popular lecturers and after-dinner speakers. He has written movies and acted in them. He has had his own radio program.
And all the things that have contributed to his fame burgeon and flower in this book. No wonder that it has more variety than any other reporter's memoirs; no wonder that EXIT LAUGHING contains more good stories to the square inch (and there are over 16,000 square inches!) than any other autobiography you can name. Stories of his ancestors; of a Paducah boyhood; of newspaper life in a small town, in Manhattan during the Golden Age of American journalism, on the World War front. (Most men are at their best when talking shop, and these stories are outstanding). There are inside stories -- Joseph Pulitzer's troubles, the Goebel murder, the Harry Thaw case, the Woodrow Wilson-Mrs. Peck letters, and many, many more.
Irvin Cobb has known almost everyone worth knowing in our time. He has an engaging way of liking some unpopular people and saying so. And an engaging way of saying when
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