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Title (user) : Mencken on Mencken: a new collection of autobiographical writingsISBN : 0807135925,9780807135921DDC : 818/.5209,BLCC : PS3525.E43 Z4675 2010OpenLibrary ID : OL23397729MAuthors...
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Title (user) : Mencken on Mencken: a new collection of autobiographical writings

ISBN : 0807135925,9780807135921

DDC : 818/.5209,B

LCC : PS3525.E43 Z4675 2010

OpenLibrary ID : OL23397729M

Authors (user) : Henry Louis Mencken, S. T. Joshi

Publisher : Louisiana State University Press

Language : English

Publication Date : 2010

File Format : pdf


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"Mencken weighs 172 pounds, is 5 feet 10 inches in height and not beautiful. His chief amusement, after reading, is piano-playing, this he does very crudely. He takes no exercise except walking and is a moderate eater and drinker. He sometimes drinks as little as one bottle of beer a week, though this doesn't happen very often." So wrote H. L. Mencken about himself, in a brief sketch of his life penned in 1905.Perhaps America's foremost literary stylist and most mordant wit, Mencken's most engaging writing told about his own life and experiences. In Mencken on Mencken, veteran Mencken editor and scholar S. T. Joshi has assembled a hefty collection of the best of Mencken's autobiographical pieces that have not appeared previously in book form. These forty-four selections cover a wide variety of topics ranging from incidents from Mencken's everyday life to reflections on friends and colleagues to his careers as author, journalist, and editor, to his travels abroad. As a journalist in Baltimore, Mencken encountered many unusual characters: a professional mourner hired by a beer distiller, a wagon driver who slept through the great Baltimore fire of 1904, a confirmed bachelor who left town to avoid the clutches of a predatory widow. He provides accounts of literary figures he knew, such as Theodore Dreiser, and ruminations on his work at the Baltimore Sun and as editor for the magazines Smart Set and the American Mercury. In an essay titled "What I Believe," he eschews humor and writes straightforwardly of his longtime scorn for the idea of religion, and in his journalist mode he reflects on a half-century of attending political conventions, drawing on his vast inside knowledge to savage the corruption and incompetence of the political class. A superb travel writer, Mencken gives us a rollicking account of beer-drinking in Munich, astute observations of political unrest in Cuba, and carefully drawn scenes from a long tour he and his wife made of the Mediterranean in 1934.Joshi has thoroughly annotated the pieces and also compiled an extensive glossary of names and terms that Mencken mentions. Mencken on Mencken offers a fully rounded self-portrait of one of America's most colorful personalities and most extraordinary men of letters.


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Table of contents :
CONTENTS......Page 6
INTRODUCTION......Page 10
A NOTE ON THIS EDITION......Page 22
PROLOGUE: Henry Louis Mencken (1905)......Page 24
Early Days......Page 26
Old Days......Page 27
Surdi Audiunt......Page 30
The Passing of “The Hill”......Page 36
West Baltimore......Page 41
Mr. Kipling......Page 44
Man of Means......Page 46
Tale of a Traveller......Page 47
An Evening on the House......Page 54
Baltimoriana......Page 61
Obsequies in the Grand Manner......Page 64
Love Story......Page 71
The Life of an Artist......Page 79
James Huneker......Page 85
The Life of Tone......Page 94
A Footnote on Journalism......Page 101
Reminiscences of the Herald......Page 105
On Breaking into Type......Page 108
Walter Abell and the Sun......Page 112
Twenty-five Years of the Evening Sun......Page 115
A Word about the Smart Set......Page 118
Foreword to A Bibliography of the Writings of H. L. Mencken......Page 125
Five Years of the American Mercury......Page 126
Ten Years of the American Mercury......Page 132
Memoirs of an Editor......Page 135
The Worst Trade of Them All......Page 140
Why I Am Not a Book Collector......Page 144
Off the Grand Banks......Page 148
Meditations at Vespers......Page 151
What Is This Talk about Utopia?......Page 154
What I Believe......Page 157
On the Meaning of Life......Page 167
“Generally Political”......Page 169
At the Edge of the Spanish Main......Page 177
The Beeriad......Page 181
At Large in London......Page 193
Reminiscences of 1917......Page 206
The Black Country......Page 209
West Indian Notes......Page 212
Our Footloose Correspondents......Page 215
Foreign Parts......Page 217
The Adriatic: East Side......Page 233
EPILOGUE: Henry Louis Mencken (1936)......Page 238
NOTES......Page 240
A......Page 248
B......Page 249
C......Page 250
D......Page 251
G......Page 252
H......Page 254
J......Page 255
L......Page 256
M......Page 257
N......Page 258
S......Page 259
T......Page 261
W......Page 262
Z......Page 263
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ORIGINAL APPEARANCES......Page 264
C......Page 266
G......Page 267
K......Page 268
M......Page 269
S......Page 270
W......Page 271
Z......Page 272

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