Mencken Chrestomathy

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 7, 2012 - Literary Collections - 656 pages
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Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six of the PREJUDICES series, A BOOK OF BURLESQUES, IN DEFENSE OF WOMEN, NOTES ON DEMOCRACY, MAKING A PRESIDENT, A BOOK OF CALUMNY, TREATISE ON RIGHT AND WRONG—but there are also magazine and newspaper pieces that never got between covers (from the American Mercury, the Smart Set, and the Baltimore Evening Sun) and some notes that were never previously published at all.
Readers will find edification and amusement in his estimates of a variety of Americans—Woodrow Wilson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Roosevelt I and Roosevelt II, James Gibbons Huneker, Rudolph Valentino, Calvin Coolidge, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Walt Whitman. Those musically inclined will enjoy his pieces on Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner, and there is material for a hundred controversies in his selections on Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Nietzsche, and Madame Blavatsky.
 

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Those familiar with HLM will read and re-read. Classic Menckenisms: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want , and deserve to get it good and hard" "Living with a dog is messy-like living with an ideaiist." Read full review

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A rollicking good time; a snapshot of the pre-Politically-Correct America of nearly a century ago by a writer who was both wildly popular and widely vilified. Some of the best satire since Jonathan Swift. Read full review

Contents

Homo Sapiens
3
Coda
9
The TruthSeeker
15
Women
21
Women as Outlaws
28
The Libertine
34
The Incomparable BuzzSaw PAGE
40
The Eternal Farce
46
The Mind of the Slave
319
The Art Eternal
325
The Eternal Conundrum
333
The Boons of Civilization
339
Chiropractic
346
The Foundations of Quackery
353
The Husbandman
360
The Human Body
368

The Lady of
54
Cavia Cobaya
60
Apologia
66
The Restoration of Beauty
73
Immune
80
The Immortality of the Soul
86
The Powers of the
92
Free Will Again
108
The Criminal Law 1 1
118
Cops and Their Ways
126
Under the Elms
132
Clarion Call to Poets 1 39
139
Government
145
Governmental Theories 1 52
152
The Democratic Citizen
159
Last Words
166
American Culture
178
The Sahara of the Bozart PAGE
184
The Confederate Mind
195
History
201
New England
207
The Greeks
213
Undying Glories
219
A Good Man in a Bad Trade
226
W I B
243
Coolidge
251
American Immortals
258
Professor Veblen
265
John D
276
An American Bonaparte
285
To Him That Hath PAGE
293
Personal Note
300
Travail
307
The Boon of Culture
313
Comfort for the Ailing PAGE
374
A Chance for Millionaires
380
Portrait of an Ideal World
388
Dempsey vs Carpentier
399
Lodge
408
The End of Prohibition
416
The New Deal
424
Examination for Critics
440
The Poet and His Art
449
The New Poetry
459
The Author at Work
465
FolkLiterature
471
Literati
477
Memorial Service norz
484
Ambrose Bierce
491
Hamlin Garland
498
Ring Lardner
506
Music
523
Brahms
531
More of the Same
537
Bach at Bethlehem
543
The Reward of the Artist
549
The New Architecture
557
The Greenwich Village Complex
564
Arrierepensée men
570
a Philosophical Discussion
577
The Declaration of Independence in American
583
A Neglected Anniversary
592
The Incomparable Physician
606
People and Things
612
Masculum et F eminam Creavit
619
Arcana Coelestia
625
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