Out of approximately 1500 of Mencken's letters now deposited in public libraries and private collections throughout the country, Mr. Forgue has selected over 400 of ""the best of Mencken's literary letters, along with a number of others that best express his personality and give the most vivid and lifelike picture of the man and his literary activities."" Especially full and informative is Mencken's correspondence here with Dreiser, Alfred Knopf and his wife, and Carl Van Doren. The letters are arranged chronologically, from 1900 to 1956, the year of H.L.'s death. References within Mencken's letters are explained in notes, and, whenever necessary for comprehension, a summary background is given for each letter. Meticulous documentation and fascinating reading for any Mencken enthusiast; especially valuable for students of 20th-century American culture.