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By H.L. Mencken

ISBN-10: 0307831116

ISBN-13: 9780307831118

This glorious Sequel to the best-selling A Mencken Chrestomathy of approximately part a century in the past is stuffed with the iconoclastic logic that marked H. L. Mencken's staggering profession because the greatest American social critic of the 20th century. amassed by way of Mencken himself earlier than he died in 1956, this moment chrestomathy ("a choice of chosen literary passages," with the accessory at the tom) comprises writings a couple of number of matters - politics, conflict, track, literature, women and men, legal professionals, brethren of the fabric. a few of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for a decent Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist." them all are a excitement to learn, and we're reminded that what Mencken wrote within the early years of this century is still appropriate to a truly various the United States.

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He was a grandee of Spain and that was all; above glimmered royalty and the hierarchy of the saints, and both royalty and the hierarchy of the saints were as much beyond him as grandeeism was beyond the polite and well-educated head-waiter who laved him with ice-water when he had mania à potu. No American is ever so securely lodged. There is always something just ahead of him, beckoning him and tantalizing him, and there is always something just behind him, menacing him and causing him to sweat.

Writing in great unbroken arcs of gusto, he briskly sweeps the reader along from one outrageous assertion to the next: A dog is a standing proof that most so-called human rights, at bottom, are worth nothing. A dog is proverbially devoid of any such rights, and yet it lives well and is happy. … Yet a dog has none of the great rights that men esteem, glory in and die for. It cannot vote. It cannot get converted by Dr. Billy Sunday. It cannot go to jail for some great and lofty principle—say, equal suffrage or birth control.

M. for a proposed second volume of A Mencken Chrestomathy” in the Mencken Collection of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The first file contains approximately 250 edited typescripts (there are several duplicates and a few variant versions) of passages excerpted by Mencken from his uncollected newspaper and magazine articles and from ten of his books: The American Credo, Damn! A Book of Calumny, the revised version of In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy and the six volumes of Prejudices. All of this material is in the typing of Mrs.

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