Prejudices: A Selection

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JHU Press, Aug 28, 2006 - History - 288 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 Mencken’s 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 thirty-five essays—each a stick of dynamite with a burning fuse—have been selected from six volumes originally published between 1919 and 1927.

 

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

This is undoubtedly the place to start when seeking the many enjoyments available from Mencken's disdainful, vitriolic prose. Few authors ever attain Mencken's knack for just the right moment to ... Read full review

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An essayist of Orwellian gifts, H.L. Mencken illuminates the American scene prior to 1945. Always entertaining, and full of the epigrammatic genius, his prose flows easily on. His goal was to make a ... Read full review

Contents

AN AUTOPSY
47
THE SAHARA OF THE BOZART
69
XO THE CULT OF HOPE
84
A MEMORY
126
THE NATURE OF LIBERTY
138
THE KING FROM Types of Men
147
PATRIOTISM FROM Advice to Young Men
155
THE POLITICIAN
169
LARDNER FROM Four Makers of Tales
197
HERETICS FROM The Files of a Boo Reviewer
201
ON LIVING IN BALTIMORE
206
THE CHAMPION FROM Miscellaneous Notes
210
DEFINITION FROM Miscellaneous Notes
213
ON CONTROVERSY FROM The Human Mind
233
THE EMPEROR OF WOWSERS FROM Souvenirs of a Book Reviewer
237
33 HYMN TO THE TRUTH
242

ON GOVERNMENT
177
THE CAPITAL OF A GREAT REPUBLIC FROM People and Things
189
BILDER AUS SCHONER ZETT FROM People and Things
190
CONRAD FROM Four Makers of Tales
191
CHIROPRACTIC FROM Dives i0o Quackery
247
35 THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
254
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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.