Half a Rogue (1906) by Harold MacGrath
Half a Rogue 
by Harold MacGrath
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For three years in a row, from 1907, Harold MacGrath had a novel on the best-seller list. Then he was heard from no more. The first is titled Half a Rogue. Written in a jaunty prose, heavy on the dialogue, it's driven by a relentless plot in which the reader's never in doubt as to whom to root for. It says much about its time, in both a literary and a political sense.
The hero is Richard "Dick" Warrington, a successful New York playwright. He is the eponymous half a rogue. He bears a strong resemblance, at first, to a certain whole rogue: Dorian Gray. Wilde's scandalous novel had appeared sixteen years earlier. Here's the domesticated version, Wilde Lite. Dick is a young man who "drank from the cup of dissipation," and it left no mark on his face or on his moral character. We also find in these pages preposterous
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