Prejudices: A Selection / Edition 1

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With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the "language of the free lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken’s death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy.

These thirty-five essays—each a stick of dynamite with a burning fuse—have been selected from six volumes originally published between 1919 and 1927.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Week - James Howard Kunstler

It just blew my... mind. Mencken's skill at skewering the idiots of his day and age was my introduction to the kinetic power of artfully crafted language.

The Week
It just blew my... mind. Mencken's skill at skewering the idiots of his day and age was my introduction to the kinetic power of artfully crafted language.

— James Howard Kunstler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801885358
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident. Opinionated and controversial, he wrote columns for the Baltimore Evening Sun that earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Criticism of Criticism of Criticism 3
2 George Ade 11
3 The Genealogy of Etiquette 17
4 The Ulster Polonius 27
5 George Jean Nathan 34
6 Three American Immortals 44
7 Roosevelt: An Autopsy 47
8 The Sahara of the Bozart 69
9 The Cerebral Mime (from The Allied Arts) 82
10 The Cult of Hope 84
11 On Being an American 89
12 Huneker: A Memory 126
13 The Nature of Liberty 138
14 Memorial Service 143
15 The King (from Types of Men) 147
16 The Dismal Science 148
17 Patriotism (from Advice to Young Men) 155
18 Virtue (from Suite Americaine) 156
19 The Husbandman 157
20 The Politician 169
21 On Government 177
22 The Capital of a Great Republic (from People and Things) 189
23 Bilder Aus Schoner Zeit (from People and Things) 190
24 Conrad (from Four Makers of Tales) 191
25 Lardner (from Four Makers of Tales) 197
26 Heretics (from The Files of a Book Reviewer) 201
27 On Living in Baltimore 206
28 The Champion (from Miscellaneous Notes) 210
29 Definition (from Miscellaneous Notes) 213
30 Journalism in America 213
31 On Controversy (from The Human Mind) 233
32 The Emperor of Wowsers (from Souvenirs of a Book Reviewer) 237
33 Hymn to the Truth 242
34 Chiropractic (from Dives into Quackery) 247
35 The Executive Secretary 254
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