The Secret Life of Walter Winchell by Lyle Stuart

Ours is an evanescent age, and among the vanished are newspaper
columnists who have migrated to the Internet where they blog, often it seems
to an audience of one. Yet, there was a time when newspaper columnists
reached millions and shaped public taste with the tap of a typewriter key.
For a time, the King of Columnists was Walter Winchell (1897-1972) of the
New York Daily Mirror who boasted: "Other columnists may print it--I make
it public." And so he did, in short bursts of tommy gun prose that drew from
the argot of Broadway, the underworld, and the prize ring. "I really gave it
to that bum," Winchell would boast, and it didn't matter if the victim was a
Congressman, movie star, or fellow columnist with whom Walter carried on
one of his legendary feuds. Among those he feuded with was the late
Lyle Stuart--a crusading journalist whose classic 1953 biography
shed light on Winchell's own world of showgirls and backroom favors
(not to mention colossal inaccuracies) and helped lead to the
columnist's downfall. American Legends Publishing, 154 pg. $1.00
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