By H.L. Mencken
This excellent Sequel to the best-selling A Mencken Chrestomathy of approximately part a century in the past is filled with the iconoclastic good judgment that marked H. L. Mencken's incredible occupation because the preferable American social critic of the 20 th century. accumulated through Mencken himself sooner than he died in 1956, this moment chrestomathy ("a choice of chosen literary passages," with the accessory at the tom) comprises writings a couple of number of topics - politics, warfare, song, literature, women and men, legal professionals, brethren of the fabric. a few of his essays have beguiling titles - "Notes for a good Autobiography," "The Commonwealth of Morons," "Le Vice Anglais," "Acres of Babble," "Hooch for the Artist." them all are a excitement to learn, and we're reminded that what Mencken wrote within the early years of this century continues to be acceptable to a truly various the USA.
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But despite the absence of any material from A Book of Prefaces, Treatise on the Gods, Treatise on Right and Wrong or the three Days books, it nonetheless contains a broadly representative cross section of his writings, one from which subsequent generations of readers have acquired a total sense of H. L. Mencken as man and artist. That no sequel to A Mencken Chrestomathy has previously been attempted makes perfect sense. “Anthologies are, ideally, an essential species of criticism,” Randall Jarrell has said.
Thus the candidate from below, before horning in at last, must put up with an infinity of rebuff and humiliation; he must sacrifice his self-respect today in order to gain the hope of destroying the self-respect of other aspirants tomorrow. The result is that the whole edifice is based upon fears and abasements, and that every device which promises to protect the individual against them is seized upon eagerly. Fashionable society in America therefore has no room for intelligence; within its fold an original idea is dangerous; it carries regimentation, in dress, in social customs and in political and even religious doctrines, to the last degree.
But he became a good property again with the publication in 1940 of Happy Days, his best-selling childhood memoir, and it was doubtless no coincidence that around this time he began thinking of putting together a comprehensive anthology of his own writings. ” The book that emerged from this lengthy period of gestation was a kind of super-Prejudices, a jumbo volume containing Mencken’s thoughts on everything from the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (good) to the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (bad).
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