Mencken: The American Iconoclast

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Oxford University Press, Nov 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 672 pages
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Here is the definitive biography of Mencken, the most illuminating book ever published about this giant of American letters. We see the prominent role he played in the Scopes Monkey Trial, his long crusade against Prohibition, his fierce battles against press censorship, and his constant exposure of pious frauds and empty uplift. The champion of our tongue in The American Language, Mencken also played a pivotal role in defining the shape of American letters through The Smart Set and The American Mercury, magazines that introduced such writers as James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes.
 

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H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) is considered one of the most influential and controversial journalists and critics of the first half of the 20th century. Rodgers (Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters ) has ... Read full review

Contents

Boston 1926
1
18801914
11
19141919
139
19201930
209
19301935
357
19361940
425
19411948
471
19491956
529
The Passing of an Era
547
Acknowledgments
554
Notes
559
Bibliography
634
Index
648
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