H.L. Mencken presents master styling in A Book of Prefaces (1917), Damn! (1918), and The American Credo (1920). Prefaces is a book of literary criticism containing the essays �Joseph Conrad,� �Theodore Dreiser,� �James Huneker,� and �Puritanism as a Literary Force.� He hoped that �they may at least blow a wind through the prevailing fogs, and reveal what is sound and important in some first-rate books.� The ensuing intellectual battle energized a generation. Damn! A Book of Calumny contains some of Mencken�s wittier turns in its 49 short essays. It has been mined for anthologies, but it has never before been reprinted as a whole. The American Credo: A Contribution Toward the Interpretation of the National Mind contains 488 articles, co-written by drama critic George Jean Nathan, about American popular belief.
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About the Author
In addition to his literary accomplishments, Mencken was known for his controversial ideas. Long before the term "political correctness," H. L. Mencken was defying it. He was also ridiculing the self-appointed guardians of family values and public virtue.
Through his wide criticism of actions taken by government, Mencken has had a strong impact on the American libertarian movement.