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By H. L. Mencken

"Mencken weighs 172 kilos, is five toes 10 inches in peak and never appealing. His leader leisure, after interpreting, is piano-playing, this he does very crudely. he's taking no workout other than strolling and is a reasonable eater and drinker. He occasionally beverages as low as one bottle of beer every week, notwithstanding this does not take place very often." So wrote H. L. Mencken approximately himself, in a quick cartoon of his existence penned in 1905.

Perhaps America's superior literary stylist and so much mordant wit, Mencken's most tasty writing informed approximately his personal existence and reviews. In Mencken on Mencken, veteran Mencken editor and student S. T. Joshi has assembled a hefty number of the easiest of Mencken's autobiographical items that experience no longer seemed formerly in publication shape. those forty-four choices disguise a wide selection of subject matters starting from incidents from Mencken's daily life to reflections on neighbors and co-workers to his careers as writer, journalist, and editor, to his travels out of the country.

As a journalist in Baltimore, Mencken encountered many strange characters: a certified mourner employed via a lager distiller, a wagon motive force who slept in the course of the nice Baltimore hearth of 1904, a proven bachelor who left city to prevent the clutches of a predatory widow. He presents debts of literary figures he knew, similar to Theodore Dreiser, and ruminations on his paintings on the Baltimore solar and as editor for the magazines shrewdpermanent Set and the yank Mercury.

In an essay titled "What I Believe," he eschews humor and writes straightforwardly of his longtime scorn for the assumption of faith, and in his journalist mode he displays on a half-century of attending political conventions, drawing on his monstrous inside of wisdom to savage the corruption and incompetence of the political category. an excellent go back and forth author, Mencken provides us a rollicking account of beer-drinking in Munich, astute observations of political unrest in Cuba, and thoroughly drawn scenes from a protracted travel he and his spouse made up of the Mediterranean in 1934.

Joshi has completely annotated the items and likewise compiled an in depth word list of names and phrases that Mencken mentions. Mencken on Mencken bargains a completely rounded self-portrait of 1 of America's such a lot colourful personalities and such a lot remarkable males of letters.

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