This book’s precursor, A Mencken Chrestomathy (collection), was a bestseller in ; this anthology of short excerpts from a range of works, selected and. Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, – January 29, ) was an American journalist, .. In the same article which he later re-printed in the Mencken Chrestomathy, Mencken primarily contrasts what real scientists do, which is to simply. The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker.

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On the other hand, it would be fun to behold his reactions to contemporary U. But that is not what made him so much greater than Haydn – for Haydn, too, had his superiorities; for example, his far readier inventiveness, his capacity for making better tunes.

Why shouldn’t the United States take in a couple hundred thousand of them, or even all of them? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Topped off with amusing Buffooneriesincluding a superb little comic fable about a Chinese x, this is stimulating reading from start to finish.

H. L. Mencken

Because he is a master of comic form. Want to Read saving…. A Weekly Standard article, which questioned the designation of the Club as racist, related that Gottfried dedicated his group to Mencken “in the context of a feud among conservatives; his hope was to form a right that was an alternative to neoconservatives and libertarians.

And even among the teachers female the best are inevitably weeded out by marriage, and only the worst with a few romantic exceptions survive.

Edited and mendken by H. Some of his were hcrestomathy. One of the reasons is probably his personality: He may well be called a curmudgeon and he’s carried in The Portable Curmudgeon series with a huge vocabulary, and an elitist as well.


To this and mncken publisher’s surprise, the book sold out quickly; its wit and nonscholarly approach attracted many readers who would not normally buy a book on such a subject.

Henry Louis Mencken September 12, — January 29, was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Includes his fantastic pieces on chiropractic, execution, and the death msncken the Scopes Trial.

Mencken served as a reporter at the Herald for six years. Mencken, however, was a true contraria To read H.

H. L. Mencken – Wikipedia

This article is about the writer. What actually urges him on is not some brummagem idea of Service, but a boundless, almost pathological thirst to penetrate the unknown, to uncover the secret, to find out what has not been found out before. My chrestomatthy Help Advanced Book Search. If I had to live with one book, this would be it. Since the series of Prejudices, six in all, have been unavailable, many will welcome chretsomathy accessibility of this material in one weighty tome.

Mencken then chose to collect some of his chreatomathy pieces in a book, which is called …more H. And it is very long, so I decided that I could pick it up now and then, but would officially clear it off the “currently reading” shelf and move on.

Apr 12, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now it’s true that these are, actually, profound questions. Mecken was a polemical journalist of the first rate, although he did not always have the right position crhestomathy knew how to make his position known.

One cherstomathy to know something about American newspapers and magazines of the early-to-mid-twentieth century to really relate to this stuff. Knopf- Literary Collections – pages 2 Reviews https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is why Mencken perpetually refers to orders of men, the ‘first-rate’, ‘second-rate’ and so on. He was an unabashed elitist with an absolute disdain for much of humanity.


Wikisource has original works written by or about: A Mencken Chrestomathy by H. I may be caricaturing him there, but not much. His diary indicates that he was a racist and antisemitewho privately used coarse language and slurs to describe various ethnic and racial groups though he believed it was in poor taste menckne use such slurs publicly.

Published April 12th by Vintage first published Crestomathy 12th The feelings that Haydn put into tone were the feelings of a country pastor, a rather civilized stockbroker, a viola player gently mellowed by Kulmbacher. No trivia or quizzes yet. He considered groupings on a par with hierarchies, which led to a kind of natural elitism and natural aristocracy.

Mencken was an early twentieth century author, columnist, chresto,athy, and essayist. Mencken echoes his contemporary, Oscar Wilde, who also made similar argument that the best critics were ‘artists’ first: Retrieved June 15, Very few fictions remain in use in anatomy, or in chretomathy and gas-fitting; they have even begun to disappear from economics.

The play Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized version of the trial, and, as noted above, the cynical reporter E.

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Either I wasn’t reading critically, or these pieces didn’t really express some of his more disturbing thoughts. It has been closed to general admission sincebut is opened for special events and menckeh visits by arrangement.

He signed a petition to help Jewish refugees, but this gesture wasn’t much from a man whose words would have reached men in power.

I never did find out exactly what he mencmen by Peruna. Time Will Darken It Next library review: