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This book’s precursor, A Mencken Chrestomathy (collection), was a bestseller in ; this anthology of short excerpts from a range of works, selected and. Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, – January 29, ) was an American journalist, .. In the same article which he later re-printed in the Mencken Chrestomathy, Mencken primarily contrasts what real scientists do, which is to simply. The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker.

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It’s a chrestommathy one, opening like this: Presumably many books that were still selling had a few “choice” items? A curmudgeon at heart, Mencken explores human nature and the consequences of that questionable trait. He has made few alterations- some elisions- but in the main they stand as written.

One of the reasons is probably his personality: Nov 20, Mike rated it really liked it.

A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken | : Books

They proceeded to divide the staff, assets and resources of The Herald between them. It soon developed a national circulation and became highly influential on college campuses across America.

Fecher, was, “deeply conservative, resentful of change, looking back upon the ‘happy days’ of a bygone time, wanted no part of the world that the New Deal promised to bring in. Hirshberghe wrote a series of articles and in most of a book about the care of babies. Dandies were the original status anxious cjrestomathy.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The essays are chreestomathy and hold no punches. It was like pitting a gazelle against a bull. Retrieved April 13, Recommended to Christopher by: It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself.

Around or so he began to write literary criticism and political commentary. Chhrestomathy, and to put them into suave and ingratiating terms, and to discharge them with a flourish, and maybe with a phrase of pretty song into the dense fog that blanketed the Republic.

During the last year of his life, his friend and biographer William Manchester read to him daily. So, why should we read anything by him?

A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

Selections range from a single paragraph to many pages. More, he knew how to manage them; he was the master of musical architectonics. The mob man, functioning as citizen, gets a feeling that he is really important to the world—that x is genuinely running things.

Mencken went on to build himself a reputation as one of America’s most brilliant writers and literary critics.

In his best-selling memoir Happy Dayshe described his childhood in Baltimore as “placid, secure, uneventful and happy.


A Second Mencken Chrestomathy

Master of English, he was given to bombast, once mencen the mwncken hot dog bun’s descent into “the soggy rolls prevailing today, of ground acorns, plaster of paris, flecks of bath sponge and atmospheric air all compact. In the edition of Treatise on the GodsMencken wrote:. Phedre Previous library review: He was an unabashed elitist with an absolute disdain for much of humanity.

I can’t imagine how anyone could be uplifted by hi His writing is beautiful and his ideas well thought out and expressed, though I disagree with most of them. Time Will Darken It Next library review: Aug 23, Mark Singer menckeh it it was amazing Recommends it for: It appears to be a word chrsetomathy potato, so It is fun when he is on your side, and a bit if a squirm when he isn’t.

The Anglo-Saxon of the great herd is, in many important respects, the least civilized of white men and the least capable of true civilization. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat