By H.L. Mencken
A old Treasure: the never-before, released diary of the main outspoken, iconoclastic, ferociously articulate of yankee social critics -- the sui generis newspaperman, columnist for the Baltimore solar, editor of the yankee Mercury, and writer of the yank Language, who was once well-known, feared, and well-known for his cruel puncturing of smugness, his genius for deflating pomposity and pretense, his polemical brilliance. Walter Lippmann referred to as him, in 1926, "the strongest own impression in this complete iteration of proficient Americans."
H. L. Mencken's diary used to be, at his personal request, saved sealed within the vaults of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Library for 1 / 4 of a century after his loss of life. The diary covers the years 1930 -- 1948, and gives a bright, unvarnished, occasionally surprising photo of Mencken himself, his international, and his buddies and antagonists, from Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and William Faulkner to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for whom Mencken nourished a hatred that ended in incredible and celebrated feats of invective.
From the greater than 2,000 pages of typescript that experience now come to mild, the Mencken student Charles A. Fecher has made a beneficiant number of entries conscientiously selected to maintain the complete variety, colour, and effect of the diary. right here, complete scale, is Mencken the original observer and disturber of yankee society. And right here too is Mencken the person of wildly contradictory impulses: the skeptic who was once prey to small superstitions, the dare-all warrior who was once a hopeless hypochondriac, the loving husband and beneficiant pal who used to be, sadly, a bigot.
Mencken emerges from those pages unretouched -- in all of the usually outrageous gadfly energy that made him, at his awesome most sensible, so very important to the highbrow cloth of yankee existence.
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