The Diary of H. L. Mencken

The Diary of H L Mencken A Historical Treasure the never before published diary of the most outspoken iconoclastic ferociously articulate of American social critics the sui generis newspaperman columnist for the Balti Sun

  • Title: The Diary of H. L. Mencken
  • Author: H.L. Mencken Charles A. Fecher
  • ISBN: 9780394568775
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Historical Treasure the never before, published diary of the most outspoken, iconoclastic, ferociously articulate of American social critics the sui generis newspaperman, columnist for the Balti Sun, editor of The American Mercury, and author of The American Language, who was admired, feared, and famous for his merciless puncturing of smugness, his genius for defA Historical Treasure the never before, published diary of the most outspoken, iconoclastic, ferociously articulate of American social critics the sui generis newspaperman, columnist for the Balti Sun, editor of The American Mercury, and author of The American Language, who was admired, feared, and famous for his merciless puncturing of smugness, his genius for deflating pomposity and pretense, his polemical brilliance Walter Lippmann called him, in 1926, the most powerful personal influence on this whole generation of educated Americans H L Mencken s diary was, at his own request, kept sealed in the vaults of Balti s Enoch Pratt Library for a quarter of a century after his death The diary covers the years 1930 1948, and provides a vivid, unvarnished, sometimes shocking picture of Mencken himself, his world, and his friends and antagonists, from Theodore Dreiser, F Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and William Faulkner to Franklin D Roosevelt, for whom Mencken nourished a hatred that resulted in spectacular and celebrated feats of invective.From the than 2,000 pages of typescript that have now come to light, the Mencken scholar Charles A Fecher has made a generous selection of entries carefully chosen to preserve the whole range, color, and impact of the diary Here, full scale, is Mencken the unique observer and disturber of American society And here too is Mencken the human being of wildly contradictory impulses the skeptic who was prey to small superstitions, the dare all warrior who was a hopeless hypochondriac, the loving husband and generous friend who was, alas, a bigot.Mencken emerges from these pages unretouched in all the often outrageous gadfly vitality that made him, at his brilliant best, so important to the intellectual fabric of American life.

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    1. Henry Louis H.L Mencken became one of the most influential and prolific journalists in America in the 1920s and 30s, writing about all the shams and con artists in the world He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality He called Puritanism, the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy At the height of his career, he edited and wrote for The American Mercury magazine and the Balti Sun newspaper, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column for the Chicago Tribune, and published two or three books every year His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Language 1919 , a history and collection of American vernacular speech It included a translation of the Declaration of Independence into American English that began, When things get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody When asked what he would like for an epitaph, Mencken wrote, If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl from American Public Media

    2. I loved the entry about Moby Dick (amazed by its badness). I read that in a book shop some time ago and finally purchased the book.Very nice although not as interesting and entertaining as I had hoped. He was an antisemite as the editor warns us. Although I found that tolerable. And he seemed to be good friends with the Knopfs (his publisher). There is one Joseph Hergesheimer another friend who gets a lot of entries. A writer at the time very famous who suddenly suffers from a writer’s block a [...]

    3. A fascinating glimpse into the more private thoughts of a famous early 20th-Century editor, critic and curmudgeon. Particularly interesting if you want the dirt on who was supplying whom with bootlegged liquor during prohibition, or how serious the drinking problems of Sinclair Lewis or F. Scott Fitzgerald were. Not so great for understanding his antipathy toward FDR and the New Deal, or if you expect a late-20th Century perspective on race/racism, sexism, etc. and the pitfalls of stereotypes. T [...]

    4. I have no idea why I read this. I don't care about H.L. Mencken and this diary written later in his life is basically just him bitching about his ailments and assuming he'll die soon. He does hobnob with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and other famous early American writers, but it doesn't make this both worth reading.

    5. interesting in that you can cross reference the dates of his books to the diary. find out who he was interacting with, and what he was drinking when he wrote heathen days.a must for the mencken obsessive.

    6. A nice peek at a short fragment of the life of one of America's great iconoclasts. It really is fun to see him knock the stuffing out of somebody.Of greatest interest to Mencken fans.

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