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 concerns himself, not with the transient agonies of romantic love, but with the eternal tragedy of man. In my title I revive the word chrestomathy in its true sense of ‘a collection of choice passages from an author or authors, ‘ and ignore the late edition of ‘especially one complied to assist in the acquirement of a language.

H. L. Mencken – Wikipedia

From the ‘s until his death, Mencken’s sharp wit and penetrating social commentary made him one of the most highly regarded – and fiercely hated – of American social critics.

Retrieved 17 July Selections range from a single paragraph to many pages. He also mentored John Fante. His ribaldry, his refusal to accept the orthodox, his puncturing of frauds, his gift for the pat phrase, chrestomahty colorful figure of speech, all make for refreshing reading.

The work shows not only how American English differs from British English but how chrestomatby year American mnecken shaped American dialect. Mencken uses the word Chrestomathy to mean a selection of an author’s writings chosen by the author.

He is, in brief, a low-caste man, to the manner born, and he will remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. Mencken began writing the editorials and opinion pieces that made his name at The Sun. He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be chrestomaghy. Yes, there is that four word opening, “A man’s women folk”.


Includes his fantastic pieces on chiropractic, execution, and the death of the Scopes Trial. Crime and Punishment VII. His diary indicates that he was a racist and antisemitewho privately used coarse language and slurs to describe various ethnic and racial groups though he believed it was in poor taste to use such slurs publicly.

Mencken’s previously out-of-print writings. But I certainly could be wrong. View all 5 comments.

H. L. Mencken

He had personally felt the sting of anti-German bigotry during World War One and he used this grievance as a justification for his silence about Nazism. For Mencken truly good criticism is not mere reviewing. In the same article which he later re-printed in the Mencken ChrestomathyMencken primarily contrasts what real scientists do, which is to simply directly look at the existence of “shapes and forces” confronting them instead of such as in statistics attempting to speculate and use mathematical models.

BaltimoreMarylandU. One has to know something about American newspapers and magazines of the early-to-mid-twentieth century to really relate to this stuff. Any reader who can tolerate Mencken’s unsavory ideas will certainly learn how to better write their own.

Since the series of Prejudices, six in all, have been unavailable, many will welcome the accessibility of this chrestomathh in one weighty tome. Just a moment chrestomtahy we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What have they ever done in other fields to match the fact-finding of the biologists? I felt many jokes and references were lost on me without such a guide.

A Second Mencken Chrestomathy

Mar 11, Ted rated it really liked it Shelves: For example, he asserted that books such as Caught Short! This article is about the writer. It was three incidents that brought me to read H.

Nietzsche didn’t advocate for an “Ubermensch” of individualist aristocrats. I smile at this because chrestmathy men views on originality are entirely derivative of their time Knopf New York,pp.

It is almost a literal fact that there is not a trace of cheapness in the whole body of his music. The marriage made national headlines, and many were surprised that Mencken, who once called marriage “the end of hope” and who was well known for mocking relations between the sexes, had gone to the altar.


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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Quotes from A Mencken Chresto He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists. Instead, I will use Mencken to show why the concept of Originality is dumb, because it is impossible and limiting, and also dangerous, because relies on the same silly ideas necessary to believe in eugenics.

The original strains, according to every honest historian, were extremely corrupt. Is there anything in the general thinking of theologians which makes their opinion on the point of any interest or value? InJohns Hopkins acquired “nearly 6, books, photographs and letters by and about Mencken” from “the estate of an Ohio accountant.

A writer could easily improve his writing through reading Mencken, but not I think by following Mencken’s advice on what makes for good writing. They will all be curing warts by saying words over them, and paying off the national debt with money no one will have to earn.

He signed a petition to help Jewish refugees, but this gesture wasn’t much from a man whose words would have reached men in power. In June he was hired as a full-time reporter. How limited in range the creature’s mind proves to be! The difference is that Mencken never made his mark with the kind of epochal novel like Huckleberry Finn that Twain did, contenting himself with a career as a high-minded literary critic and belletrist.