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The Vintage Mencken: Gathered by Alistair Cooke
The Vintage Mencken Gathered by Alistair Cooke Author:H.L. Mencken In the 1920's the initials H.L.M. were as celebrated in the United States as G.B.S. in Britain. Mencken was the Daniel come to judgment, in an opulent and easygoing time, on the fatty degeneration of American idealism. — His success was enormous, and because he was overpraised for the wrong things, there was soon in eager attendance a band of cri... more »tics (many of whom are unfit to puncture his copy) waiting to debunk the great debunker as propagate the now fashionable notion that he was a mountebank who died with the dodo.
Alistair Cooke as put together this wholly new anthology, in its author's seventy-fifth year, as evidence of his belief that Mencken remains, on the contrary, 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