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 MENCKEN CHRESTOMATHY by H.L. Mencken | Kirkus Reviews

The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker of the conservatives, and favorite of the younger A tremendous, essential collection of essays by HL Mencken, one of America’s great writers. Includes his fantastic pieces on chiropractic, execution, and the death of the Scopes Trial.

Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland, a city he considered home despite his many cbrestomathy in New York.

As a child he attended Professor Friedrich Knapp’s Institute, a private school for children of German descent. He completed his secondary education at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, from which menckej graduated at the age of Mencken wanted to be a writer but was obligated to work in his father’s cigar factory. When his father died suddenly inMencken immediately sought a job at the Baltimore Herald.


Through he began with no experience in journalism, menkcen quickly learned every job at the newspaper and at age 25 became its editor. Mencken went on to build himself a reputation as one of America’s most brilliant writers and literary critics.

His basic approach was to question everything and to accept no limits on personal freedom.


He attacked organized religion, American cultural and literary standards, and every aspect of American life chrdstomathy he found shallow, ignorant, or false – which was almost everything. From the ‘s until his death, Mencken’s sharp wit and penetrating social commentary made him one of the most highly regarded – and fiercely hated – of American social critics.

He was later memorialized in the dramatic portrait of the cynical journalist in the play and film Inherit the Wind.

Shortly after World War I, Mencken began a project that menckem to fascinate him for the rest of his life: In he published The American Language: To this and his 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. Ina revised and enlarged edition was published, and in andsupplements were added. The work shows not only how American English differs from British English but how the year American experience shaped American dialect.

Thus the book, still considered a classic in its field, is both a linguistic and social history of the United States. Account Options Sign in.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. A Mencken chrestomathyVolume Knopf- Literary Collections – pages. In my title I revive the word chrestomathy in its true sense of ‘a collection of choice passages from chrestomafhy author or authors, ‘ and ignore the late edition of ‘especially one complied to assist in the acquirement of a language.


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