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The New York Times Book ReviewBenton, who lived from 1889 to 1975, is not a significant presence now…Yet Wolff…makes the artist interesting, largely by taking a balanced view of him. He neither praises nor critically buries Benton but rather, and with what feels like an undercurrent of empathy, works hard to give him his day in court…Some biographies edit out ambiguity; they want us to love or loathe their subjects. Wolff takes the opposite tack. He lays out all of Benton's contrarieties, argues them through, prosecuting, defending, and usually leaves them as he found them. The Benton who emerges is not appealing, but neither is he simple, even though he spent much of his energy trying to be.