Search Results: "H.L. Mencken"


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THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H.L. Mencken
Released: June 27, 1936

"Words, phrases, pronunciation, usage, sheer barbarisms and colloquialisms, dialects, sectional peculiarities, place and proper names, etc. etc. An essential item for public and college libraries, and for any private library that pretends to have well rounded reference shelves."
Do you recall that the suggestion was made (in reviewing Herbert's What A Word! Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS AUTHOR AND EDITOR by H.L. Mencken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 1993

"Often comically brilliant in detailing Mencken's 'sharp and more or less truculent dissent from the mores of my country'—and always brutally frank about others' foibles and his own prejudices."
The unmistakable iconoclasm of Mencken resounds again in this memoir of his early days in the literary trade. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 22, 1939

"New Yorker readers will recognize parts of it."
Reminiscences of the author's boyhood in Baltimore that will delight more than the usual Mencken satellites. Read full book review >

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Released: May 21, 1956

"Somehow, Mencken read today fails to shock, to challenge, though he can still provide the quotable epigram."
Astringent commentator, this one time the Idol of the youth of the '20's, became — according to Barzun- the "Monumental Mencken" of the 40's. Read full book review >

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TREATISE ON RIGHT AND WRONG by H.L. Mencken
Released: April 2, 1934

"An extensive advertising and promotion campaign and a popular press are assured."
The Mencken market is not very large, but it is assured and this is a book all Mencken fans will want, a companion volume to his TREATISE ON THE GODS. Read full book review >

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A SECOND MENCKEN CHRESTOMATHY by H.L. Mencken
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 1995

"Still, this has everything that puts Mencken alongside Ambrose Bierce and Edmund Wilson in the American tradition of intelligent ornery writing."
Rescued from an abandoned but essentially finished manuscript, the second of Mencken's chrestomathies forms as good a compendium of social and literary irascibility as one could hope for. Read full book review >

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"Good type — good format."
This should be a good property for the long haul, as H. L. Mencken is assured of a following in what is very definitely a characteristically personal sort of dictionary of quotations. Read full book review >

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"And an excellent introduction for this generation to a man who loves life."
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 generation. Read full book review >

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"Even while some of the material may seem dated, the Sage of Baltimore is still very much alive- and the practical validity of his judgments as well as the downright vitality of the man endure."
As introduced and edited by Robert McHugh, this collection of many shorter pieces present Mencken in the "role he liked best"- as a newspaperman- beginning with the featured, title piece which first appeared in the N.Y. Evening Mail in 1917. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"Great fun all the way, and first-rate American prose crisp as a new dollar bill."
Theo Lippman, Jr. supplies a sizable sketch of Mencken to go with this selection of the great curmudgeon's nasty comments on newspaper publishers, editors and reporters. Read full book review >

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THE DIARY OF H.L. MENCKEN by H.L. Mencken
Released: Jan. 15, 1989

"Hardly the American Samuel Johnson (as Fecher avers), Mencken isn't even equal to Edmund Wilson, whose own diaries contribute to literary history in a way Mencken's seldom do."
Sealed for 25 years since his death in 1956, the diaries of the once popular critic and newspaperman only now have been edited from the original manuscript, which is three times longer than the selections brought together here by Mencken scholar Fecher. Read full book review >

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A CHOICE OF DAYS by H.L. Mencken
Released: Sept. 12, 1980

"There is entertainment to spare in Mencken, and lots of snazzy writing."
Memories of infancy, early schooling, Baltimore provender, "The Larval Stage of a Bookworm," and other autobiographical essays culled from Happy Days (1940), Newspaper Days (1941), and Heathen Days (1943) and splendidly—which is to say buoyantly—introduced by Edward L. Galligan. Read full book review >