On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

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JHU Press, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 408 pages
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With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Menckenís death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy.

These seventy political pieces from the 1920s and 1930s are drawn from Mencken's famous Monday columns in the Baltimore Evening Sun.

  

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Contents

A Carnival of Buncombe FEBRUARY 9 1920
7
The Clowns in the Ring MAY 12 1920
13
Campaign Notes SEPTEMBER 13 1920
22
In Praise of Gamaliel OCTOBER 18 1920
30
Optimistic Note NOVEMBER 29 1920
38
Gamalielese Again SEPTEMBER 9 1921
46
Making Ready for 1924 APRIL 2 1923
55
Calvinism
64
Onward Christian Soldiersl AUGUST 24 1928
181
The Campaign Opens AUGUST 27 1928
187
Der Wille Zur Macht SEPTEMBER 10 1928
196
Al in the Free State OCTOBER 29 1928
205
Autopsy NOVEMBER 12 1928
214
Roosevelt Minor
224
Little Red Ridinghood DECEMBER 29 1930
232
Hoover in 1932 JULY 27 1931
242

The Impending Plebiscite OCTOBER 22 1923
72
PostMortem JULY 14 1924
81
Labor in Politics AUGUST u 1924
90
Meditations on the Campaign AUGUST 25 1924
99
The Coolidge Buncombe OCTOBER 6 1924
108
The Voters Dilemma NOVEMBER 3 1924
117
Twilight OCTOBER 17 1927
126
The Coolidge Mystery JANUARY 30 1933
136
Al Smith and His Chances JULY 5 1927
144
Al APRIL 23 1928
153
Real Issues at Last JULY 23 1928
162
Al and the Pastors AUGUST 6 1928
171
The Men Who Rule Us OCTOBER 51931
252
Where Are We At? JULY 5 1932
262
PreMortem OCTOBER 24 1932
271
The Tune Changes MARCH 27 1933
281
Roosevelt JANUARY 2 1934
291
The Burden of OmnipotenceRoosevelt Alf
297
The More Abundant Dialectic APRIL 20 1936
310
After the New Deal SEPTEMBER 28 1936
324
Coroners Inquest NOVEMBER 9 1936
338
Index
367
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About the author (2006)

Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident. Opinionated and controversial, he wrote columns for the Baltimore Evening Sun that earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.