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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He is unendingly scathing, caustic, and cynical. Recommended to Christopher by: It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself.

Either I wasn’t reading critically, or these pieces didn’t really express some of his crhestomathy disturbing thoughts. It appears to be a word for potato, so a fancy way of saying Vodka? His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Languagea history and collection of American vernacular speech.

H. L. Mencken

Fecher, was, “deeply conservative, resentful of change, looking back upon the ‘happy days’ of a bygone time, wanted no part of the world that the New Deal promised to bring in. I fear that he had sometimes too much confidence in his own powers of pure reasoning, leading, for instance, to views on the South presented at length that flirt disturbingly close to racism, spuriously ascribing cultural phenomena to genetic lineage: Mencken was born in BaltimoreMarylandon September 12, For Mencken the episode epitomizes the hilarious dark side of America, where democracy, as defined by Mencken, is “the worship of jackals by jackasses.


Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy How appalling is that ignorance which is the inevitable result of the fatal habit of imparting opinions! Lists with This Book. Of the two, the facts are enormously the more important. The feelings that Haydn put into tone were the feelings of a country pastor, a rather civilized stockbroker, a viola player gently mellowed by Kulmbacher.

So, why should we read anything by him?

The rest is baloney. Mencken went on to build menckrn a reputation as one of America’s most brilliant writers and literary critics. Selections range from a single paragraph to many pages.

A MENCKEN CHRESTOMATHY by H.L. Mencken | Kirkus Reviews

Mencken’s home, archived chrestomatyy the original on October 27, Sep 02, Allison Floyd added it Shelves: I can not, however, say that I enjoyed reading it.

When Mencken stayed off politics he regularly made me laugh.

Possibly the most respected journalist of all time. Mencken sees all good art as the work of an original genius: Who is Mencken Chrestomathy? emncken

Mencken, says Charles A. The back cover promised “edification and amusement,” and while I was occasionally amused, I was certainly not edified or uplifted in any way. Mencken and Wilde’s scorn for teachers and learning makes sense if we see it as a reflection of their need to show themselves as original artistic geniuses.

William Zinnsser’s On Writing. Mencken recommended for publication philosopher and author Ayn Rand ‘s first novel, We the Cbrestomathycalling it “a really excellent piece of work. Through he began with no experience in journalism, he quickly learned every job at the newspaper and at age 25 became its editor. Mencken wanted to be a writer but was obligated to work in his father’s cigar factory.


Sometimes chrestomatyy opinions go beyond any evidence he presents indeed, evidence is something he rarely troubles us withso we have to take mendken trust that he knows what he’s talking about. Mencken is not a light read, doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and is thoroughly enjoyable.

But in being thorough, in showing the wide range of the author’s abilities, he’s shown to be lacking of equal prowess on everything he set to pen. I use less quality not in reference to bad chgestomathy, but writing that lacked the humor, the wit, the insight of his very best offerings.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Published April 12th by Vintage first published April 12th What a dreadful experience that is!


How limited in range the creature’s mind proves to be! Wikisource chrestomatjy original works written by or about: According to an Associated Press story, Mencken’s views shocked even the “sympathetic scholar who edited it,” Charles A. Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland, a city he considered chrsstomathy despite his many years in New York. The TOC has every item in it, which helps. Mencken and Wilde’s ideal critic need others not to know what the critic knows. The larger the mob, the harder the test.

A nation too long at peace becomes a sort of gigantic old maid. Retrieved April 13, View all 3 comments.