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Southern Illinois University Press, 1974 - Fiction - 166 pages
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Although he is the leading biographer of Mencken and now writes for the paper Mencken himself once wrote for, Carl Bode is his own man before a typewriter and, as this collection shows, a singularly acute observer of popular culture.


In his preface to this first collection of his popular newspaper columns written for the Washington Post and the Balti­more Evening Sun, Carl Bode says about the columns that in their background is “a mixed bag of facts: that I teach American literature at the University of Mary­land in College Park; that I divide much of my off-campus time between Washing­ton and Baltimore; that both as a writer and a teacher I’m attracted by two dizzy­ingly different literary rebels, Henry David Thoreau and H. L. Mencken; that I am delighted by my students and bemused by their ways; and that I’m fasci­nated by the popular culture of our times as it shifts and sashays around.”


Readers who relish the human comedy in its American mode will especially en­joy this collection of pieces by an emi­nent student of our civilization who wears his learning lightly.

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About the author (1974)

Carl Bode is the editor of a widely used Thoreau anthology and of Thoreau’s col­lected poems. He is also the founder and first president of the American Studies Association, a past president of the Tho­reau Society of America, a former cultural attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Great Brit­ain, and author or editor of a half-dozen books on popular culture as well as the author of the distinguished biography, Mencken.

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