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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I was bored, but that was my fault. I find him similarly close-minded in his snobberies: I enjoyed the whole book and it has stimulated me to read more of Mencken, especially with the hope that someone has produced a collection of only the very best of his writings. Mencken is to be confronted with the sad realization that most of what we find in newspapers and journals today is mere sludge. There was something olympian in his snarls and rages, and the was a touch of hell-fire in his mirth.

Mencken is a master of metaphor and a wonderful writer, but he is very caustic, and dangerous in large doses.

I fear that he had sometimes too much confidence in his own powers of pure reasoning, leading, for instance, to views on the South presented at length that flirt disturbingly close to racism, spuriously ascribing cultural phenomena to genetic lineage: Often he is funny; always, acerbic.

Both are eternal enemies of every variety of sound thinking, and no man can traffic with them without losing something of his good judgment. During the last year of his life, his friend and biographer William Manchester read to him daily. And even chrestomafhy the teachers female the best are inevitably weeded out by marriage, and only the worst with a few romantic exceptions survive. He reported, edited, published, etc.



But in these chapters are found many comparisons between men and women, most resulting in women coming off the better of the two.

Mencken, and to put them into suave and ingratiating terms, and to discharge them with a flourish, and maybe with a phrase jencken pretty song into the dense fog that blanketed the Republic. If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. Mencken is the who in this. He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

When you have an excessive need to present yourself as an original individual you prevent yourself from being able to learn. Mencken said, “There is no other Jew in Baltimore who seems suitable,” according to the article. But they kept on plugging away in their laboratories without calling in either mathematicians or theologians to aid menckeen, and eventually they discovered the isotopes, and what had been chaos was reduced to the most exact sort of order.

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Upon his father’s death a few days after Christmas in the same chrestomahhy, the business reverted to his uncle, and Mencken was free to pursue his career in journalism. Will any of them utter a word, however obvious, that will alarm or alienate any of the huge pack of morons who cluster at the public trough, wallowing in the pap that grows thinner and thinner, hoping against hope?

He attacked organized religion, American cultural and literary standards, and every aspect of American life that he found shallow, ignorant, or false – which was almost everything. The latter is put high above the former, and yet it is the former that moves one of the most useful men the human race has yet produced: His humor and satire owe much to Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain. This page tome may also be called “Mencken’s Greatest Hits.


I can find nothing in the record. On the other hand, it would be fun to behold his reactions to contemporary U. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I would not recommend reading from start to finish. His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Languagea history and collection of American vernacular speech.

Mencken, however, was a true contraria To read H. But Mencken certainly did in both their names. It has been closed to general admission sincebut is opened for special events and menken visits by arrangement.

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He may well be called a curmudgeon and he’s carried in The Portable Cur This page tome may also be called “Mencken’s Greatest Hits. Knopf- Literary Collections – pages 2 Reviews https: Here’s a chance to read him for yourself.

Mencken knows they are, though as a popular writer the profundity is not something he emphasizes. It would be quite fair to call him a true American genius whose range and Mark Twain-like skepticism leave the reader sometimes convulsed with laughter, sometimes completely enraged, but always transfixed with admiration. Appendix Yes the last one is a chapter, two pieces that fit on one page.

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