By H.L. Mencken

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 outstanding occupation because the finest American social critic of the 20 th century. collected through Mencken himself prior to he died in 1956, this moment chrestomathy ("a number of chosen literary passages," with the accessory at the tom) comprises writings a few number of topics - politics, warfare, tune, literature, women and men, legal professionals, brethren of the material. 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 acceptable to a really diverse the USA.

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In 1906 he joined the staff of the Baltimore Sun, thus initiating an association with the Sunpapers that would last until a few years before his death. He was coeditor of the Smart Set with George Jean Nathan from 1914 to 1923, and with Nathan he founded the American Mercury, of which he was sole editor from 1925 to 1933. ALSO BY H. L. MENCKEN The American Language The American Language: Supplement I The American Language: Supplement II In Defense of Women Prejudices Notes on Democracy Treatise on the Gods Treatise on Right and Wrong Happy Days Newspaper Days Heathen Days A New Dictionary of Quotations Christmas Story A Mencken Chrestomathy Minority Report: H.

He is the apostle of common sense, and of a realism so hard as to be hopelessly ill suited to the prevailing softness of our own Age of Sensitivity. Whatever the disorder in question, man’s irremediable stupidity was Mencken’s universal diagnosis, the horse-laugh his preferred antidote. Those who take offense easily are, now as ever, unlikely to find him anything other than offensive. ” Anyone who spends his days grubbing for solutions to notoriously intractable social problems can have little in common with the cold-eyed skeptic who wrote in the first issue of the American Mercury: “The Editors have heard no Voice from the burning bush.

A Second Mencken Chrestomathy, like its companion volume, is more than just a selection from Mencken’s best-known work. Some 147 of the 238 passages reprinted here are, to the best of my knowledge, appearing in book form for the first time. Of the remaining passages, sixty-two come from books that are no longer in print. Another twenty-nine are currently in print in various Mencken anthologies; of these, twenty-one appear in previously unpublished versions prepared by Mencken specifically for the Second Chrestomathy.

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