Prejudices: The Complete Series
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Prejudices: The Complete Series

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Few writers roiled the American cultural scene like Henry Louis Mencken. Pathbreaking journalist, trenchant social observer, and unbridled humorist, Mencken was the most provocative and influential cultural critic of the last century. To read him today is to be plunged into an era whose culture wars were easily as ferocious as our own, in the company of a writer of boundle...more
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Published September 2nd 2010 by Library of America (first published 1977)
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Kevin Cole
H.L. Mencken wrote a hundred years ago and I still cringe at his fearless attacks on all things that Americans find sacred. I really don't know know he was allowed to live, let alone print. It was a different time, I guess.

Unfortunately, Mencken is unlikely to find but a few devoted fans as the years pass--not because he was hilarious and sharp. Sadly, he was also a man who liked the English language a bit too much. He's constantly using not just a lot of jargon from his day, but also mixing it...more
Nick Black
Modern political discourse -- the bad kind -- inherited its all from this man. A fascinating collection, with a number of misses.
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Ranges from whiny to brilliant. The essay "On Education" (XIII in Volume 3) was the most reasonable position on that complex subject I've ever read.
S.D.
(Note:I've only read the first of the two volumes in this set, which includes the first three series of Mencken's Prejudices)

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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 o...more
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