Prejudices has 69 ratings and 5 reviews. Kevin said: H.L. Mencken wrote a hundred years ago and I still cringe at his fearless attacks on all things that. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 17 by H. L. Mencken. Prejudices, First Series by H. L. Mencken. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 17 by H. L. Mencken. Prejudices, Third Series by H. L. Mencken. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec.
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The second wave agreed, though menckenn resolutely, questioning the moral efficacy of a publication that would intentionally print sacrilege in the age of extremism. Pathbreaking journalist, trenchant social observer, and unbridled humorist, Mencken was the most provocative and influential cultural critic of the last century. Meanwhile, the world marched on without me.
The Library of America series includes more ;rejudices volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1, pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries. The six volumes of Prejudicespublished between andwere both a slashing attack on what Mencken saw as American provincialism and hypocrisy and a resounding defense of the writers and thinkers he thought of as mehcken of a new frankness and maturity.
For better or worse, I am a child of the Plains, and so my first experience with Menvken. Marion Elizabeth Rodgersvolume editor, is the author of Mencken: Inhis disdain for the great unwashed masses looks pretty accurate.
About Nebraska, my home state, he had made himself very clear: Illustration by Jonathan Twingley. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.
Prejudices: The Complete Series
I did not forgive Mencken. Mencken has much to say about American mediocrity. To read him today is to be plunged into an era whose culture wars were easily as ferocious as our own, in the company of a writer of boundless curiosity and vivacious frankness.
He was a newspaper columnist in the fullest sense: He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
But I suspect that Mencken also knew, in a deeper manner than most, just how rare freedom of expression really is, and what it would mean to lose it. Many of the essays here are way, way past their freshness prejucices, full of names of minor novelists, critics, essayists, and politicians long forgotten. With contributions from donors, Library of America preserves and celebrates a vital part of our cultural heritage for generations to come.
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Mencken begs to differ, and in his most eloquent form of misanthropy debunks the whole premise. Mencken have missed the mark. Most of all, ul attacked Puritan morality.
H.L. Mencken, Unforgivable and Unforgettable
I’m also adding a ton of other books by authors that Wright mentions. Subscribers can purchase the slipcased edition by signing in to their accounts. Now I can add to that nightstand stack the recently published boxed set of the Library of America edition of H.
Drew Bullock rated it it was amazing Jun 26, He seems to be attempting to shame Americans into excelling in something anything! Mencken answered that question in the most Menckenian way:. The “Prejudices” series is a compilation of reworked reviews and essays that Mencken originally wrote for literary journals and newspapers that contain his unexpurgated opinions about American writers, culture and society. But to succeeding generations of writers and readers, Mencken was the figure who had risked charges of heresy and sedition and almost single-handedly brought America into a new cultural era.
He’s constantly using not just a lot of jargon from his day, but also mixing it up with a lot of obscure words that no one, I doubt, even said back then. To read him today is to be plunged into an era whose culture wars were easily as ferocious as our own, in the company of a writer of boundless curiosity and vivacious frankness. The Complete Series by H. Benjamin Davidson rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Whittier without the whiskers.