MENCKEN Author:Alistair Cooke, editor In the 1920's the initials HLM were as celebrated in the United States as GBS in Britain. Mencken was the Daniel come to judgement in an opulent and easygoing time on the fatty degeneration of Amaerican idealism. — His success was enormous, and because he was overpraised for the wrong things, there was soon in eager attendance a band of critics ... more »waiting to debunk the great debunker and propagate the now fashionable notion that he was a mountebank who died with the dodo.
Alistair Cooke has put together this anthology as evidence of his belief that Mencken remains one of the great American humorists and the master craftsman of daily journalism in the twentieth century. This collection is meant therefore to revive the oldsters and acquaint the youngsters with the glory that was Mencken.« less