The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken
When H. L. Mencken talked, everyone listened -- like it or not. In the Roaring Twenties, he was the one critic who mattered, the champion of a generation of plain-speaking writers who redefined the American novel, and the ax-swinging scourge of the know-nothing, go-getting middle-class philistines whom he dubbed the "booboisie." Some loved him, others loathed him, but everybody read him. Now Terry Teachout takes on the man Edmund Wilson called "our greatest practicing literary journalist," brilliantly capturing all of Mencken's energy and erudition, passion and paradoxes, in a masterful biography of this iconoclastic figure and the world he shaped.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
Teachout is a biographer worthy of Mencken. Avoiding both hagiography and hatchet job, he details Mencken's life, warts and all, and discusses both his strengths and weaknesses as a writer, journalist ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - labwriter - LibraryThing
I haven't read the Fred Hobson biog of Mencken, so I can't compare them.Teachout's book is very readable. This isn't one of those "throw every single fact I know into the book" kinds of biographies ... Read full review