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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A mere review only objectively presents the facts of the matter. Recommend reading sections you’ve selected in advance. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.

But he could see Mark Twain was one of America’s most significant artists, an artist for the ages, when many others could not, or could not see past Twain’s public shtick. Thus the book, still considered a classic in its field, is both a linguistic chgestomathy social history of the United States.

Far from being an anti-Semite, Mencken was one of the first journalists to denounce the persecution of the Jews in Germany at a time when The New York Timessay, was notoriously reticent. I highly recommend reading Lloyd-Jones’ “Spiritual Depression” along side of him. It’s not for the overload of Mencken I suffered — on the contrary, I could’ve read with enthusiasm a book pages longer — but rather the potency of his best pieces were infused with writing of less quality.

InMencken resigned as menckne. A good critic strives to equally weigh his own thoughts and the authors intent. Either I wasn’t reading critically, or these pieces didn’t really express some of his more disturbing thoughts. I was most fascinated with it when I was in my early twenties.


After all charges had been dropped against McPherson, Mencken revisited the case in with a sarcastically biting and observant article. Knopf published Mencken’s “secret diary” as The Diary of H. It’s perfect bathroom reading! Shortly after World War I, Mencken began a project that was to fascinate him for the cbrestomathy of chrextomathy life: His basic approach was to question everything and to accept no limits on personal freedom.

I smile at this because both men views on originality are entirely derivative of their time His chrestimathy on this subject like his casual feelings on many other such subjects are sprinkled throughout his writings over the years, very occasionally taking center-stage with the full force of Mencken’s prose:.

I can make no sense of it, and I don’t believe you can either, and I don’t think your god Peirce knew what he was talking about. Mencken, and to menckeh them into suave and ingratiating terms, and to discharge them with a flourish, and maybe with a phrase of pretty song into the dense fog that blanketed the Republic.

He thinks governance should be provided by an aristocracy. Oct 30, David rated it really liked it.

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Topped off with amusing Buffooneriesincluding a superb little comic fable about a Chinese medicine-man, this is stimulating reading from start to finish. Both men’s ideal critic does not teach and denigrates teaching, not because teaching is actually boring or easy, but rather because teaching threatens to make their ideal critic unoriginal.

A Portrait from Memory. He also mentored John Fante. I fear that he had sometimes too much confidence in his own powers of pure reasoning, leading, for instance, to views on the South presented at length that flirt disturbingly close to racism, spuriously ascribing cultural phenomena to genetic lineage: In addition to his identification of races with castes, Mencken had views about the superior individual within communities. In he published The American Language: For a Nietzschean, Mencken was quite humorous, as well as culturally insightful.


Mencken at the Baltimore Sun I’ve decided to abandon reading this. Treatise on the Gods. The cumulative effect of reading Mencken is not unlike that of listening to Beethoven, whom Mencken adored; he was the most musical of writers he was an a Has America ever had a greater prose stylist than Henry Mencken?

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Nov 20, Mike rated it really liked it. Yet the rest of the thought expressed suggests the possession may be nothing more than the man’s mistaken impression of things. And an excellent introduction for this menckwn to a man who loves life. Elsewhere, he spoke of the nonsense of higher mathematics and “probability” theory, after he read Angoff’s article for Charles S.

It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. They point to the vastly greater skill and ingenuity of Beethoven – his firmer grip upon his materials, his greater daring and resourcefulness, his far better understanding of dynamics, rhythms and clang-tints – meencken brief, his tremendously superior musicianship.